Elizabeth Isabella Spence

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EIS began publishing just before the end of the eighteenth century and continued for twenty-five years. She issued novels, shorter fiction, and travel books, the latter put together from letters sent to friends in the course of summer excursions around England, Wales, and Scotland (her native country). Her fiction sometimes draws on anecdotes from life, both recent and historical or pseudo-historical. As an author she is not distinguished, but her interest in circulating information about other women writers gives her some significance for women's literary history.
Engraving of Elizabeth Isabella Spence, from from "La Belle Assemblée", No. 185. She is seated, seen from the shoulders up, facing the viewer with a slight smile. She wears a dark, high-waisted dress with short sleeves and two layers of white linen at the neck, with a light shawl wrapped around her. Her curly hair spills out from her high, puffed, flower-bedecked bonnet. A book or sheaf of papers, and a quill and inkwell, are visible on a desk behind her.
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Milestones

12 January 1768
EIS was born, an only child, at Dunkeld in Perth, Scotland, where her father was then practising medicine.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
1827
EIS published, anonymously, her final novel, Dame Rebecca Berry, or, Court Scenes in the Reign of Charles The Second.
Spence, Elizabeth Isabella. Dame Rebecca Berry. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green , 1827.
prelims
27 July 1832
EIS died in Chelsea of a stroke which had paralysed her.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth and Family

12 January 1768
EIS was born, an only child, at Dunkeld in Perth, Scotland, where her father was then practising medicine.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.