Sarah Scott

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SS , who published during the second half of the eighteenth century, wrote for money and never signed her name to her work. She is known as a novelist; but as a historian and translator she also deserves the appellation of woman of letters, and as one who chose to pursue an alternative, carefully-thought-out, woman-centred lifestyle she deserves the appellation of feminist. Her fictional writing does not repeat itself in form but takes on new technical issues with each title. Her concerns are always those of proto-feminism: the problems of middle-class women disadvantaged by poverty, lack of beauty, and absence of outlets for their talents, and the plight of lower-class women and the disabled.

Milestones

21 September 1720
Sarah Robinson (later SS ) was born, the younger daughter to survive in her family.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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5 March 1721
Sarah Robinson (later SS ) was christened at five months old, at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York.
SS 's birth date had been given as 1721 until Rizzo corrected it to 1720.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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19 April 1750
The publisher Andrew Millar released the first, anonymous novel by Sarah Robinson (later SS ): The History of Cornelia.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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29 October 1762
SS published through John Newbery her most famous novel, A Description of Millenium Hall, or of a female utopia described by a male narrator.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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19 May 1772
SS published anonymously, through Edward and Charles Dilly , her last work, another historical one: The Life of Théodore Agrippa d'Aubigné .
Aubigné was a French Huguenot historian, dramatist, and soldier.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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3 November 1795
SS died at Catton near Norwich.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
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Biography

Birth and Family

21 September 1720
Sarah Robinson (later SS ) was born, the younger daughter to survive in her family.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
xliii