Harriet Lee

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HL , Romantic-period novelist and dramatist, is remembered primarily for the fiction collection Canterbury Tales, in which her sister Sophia shared.

Milestones

1757
HL was born in London, one of the younger members of a family of whose survivors to adulthood included her three sisters and a brother.
Lee, Sophia. “Introduction”. The Recess, edited by April Alliston, University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p. ix - lii.
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By March 1786
HL anonymously published her first book: The Errors of Innocence, a five-volume epistolary novel.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
61 (1786): 234
Late 1797
HL published Canterbury Tales for the Year 1797, the first volume of the work which was to make her famous Geoffrey Chaucer.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
2d ser. 22 (1798): 170
1 August 1851
HL died of heart failure at Clifton, having long outlived all her sisters.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth and Family

1757
HL was born in London, one of the younger members of a family of whose survivors to adulthood included her three sisters and a brother.
Lee, Sophia. “Introduction”. The Recess, edited by April Alliston, University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p. ix - lii.
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