Mary Pix

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MP , writing and publishing at the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth, was the most prolific female playwright since Behn . Her comedies, full of fun and acute observation of human vagaries, depend more on stagecraft, situation, and plotting than on verbal wit, and are unusually sympathetic to the non-upper classes. As well as both comedies and tragedies, MP wrote poems and a novel.
Painting of Mary Pix by an unknown artist, c. 1690. She wears a beige gown, loose and low on her bare shoulders, and a brown shawl. National Portrait Gallery.
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Milestones

1666
Mary Griffith (later MP ) was born at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire.
Greer, Germaine, Susan Hastings, Jeslyn Medoff, and Melinda Sansone, editors. Kissing the Rod. Virago, 1988.
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1688
MP first appeared in print, with commendatory lines she had written to preface Richard Ames 's pseudonymous Sylvia's Revenge; or, A Satyr against Man.
Clark, Constance. Three Augustan Women Playwrights. Peter Lang, 1986.
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Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
17 October 1696
MP 's farce or comedy The Spanish Wives was published.
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press, 1968.
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1 May 1707
MP published A Poem, Humbly Inscrib'd to the Lords Commissioners for the Union of the Two Kingdoms: her final appearance in print.
Foxon, David F. English Verse 1701-1750. Cambridge University Press, 1975.
By 19 May 1709
MP had died; this was the day of her funeral.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth and Family

1666
Mary Griffith (later MP ) was born at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire.
Greer, Germaine, Susan Hastings, Jeslyn Medoff, and Melinda Sansone, editors. Kissing the Rod. Virago, 1988.
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