Harriette Wilson

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HW turned her career as an early nineteenth-century courtesan to good practical use as a memoirist and writer of scandal fiction: though she shows genuine literary talent, the primary aim of her writing was blackmail. She also wrote drama and verse.
Print of Harriette Wilson by Cooper from an original drawing by Birch. She is seated with her body turned slightly away and her head facing forward. Her hair is short and curly, with a pill-box hat. Her white dress is low-necked, high-waisted, and lacy, with short sleeves.
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Milestones

22 February 1786
Harriette Dubouchet (later HW ) was born at 2 Carrington Street, Mayfair, London, the most fashionable district in the recently-developed West End.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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6 January 1825
Newspapers advertised the first instalment of HW 's Memoirs as due next day—but the promised contents (a list of names headed by the king and three dukes) was an obvious invitation to buy out.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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February 1825
HW began, with the first instalment, to issue her Memoirs through John Joseph Stockdale : four volumes followed the more numerous, briefer instalments.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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25 March 1825
HW (who had composed but not yet issued her account of her friend Julia Johnstone 's death in 1815) was confronted with the first instalment of Johnstone's Confessions, written to confute her own Memoirs.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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Late August 1825
The three final instalments of HW 's Memoirs appeared as a single paper-bound package: the delay since May may have been caused by Stockdale 's involvement in a libel case.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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January 1830
HW published, anonymously, her second roman à clef, Clara Gazul; or, Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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10 March 1845
HW died at her house in Chelsea, leaving a careful estimate of her funeral expenses and requests to ex-lovers to pay them.
Wilson, Harriette. “Editorial Materials”. The Blackmailing of the Chancellor, edited by Kenneth Bourne, Lemon Tree Press, 1975, p. Various pages.
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Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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Biography

Birth

22 February 1786
Harriette Dubouchet (later HW ) was born at 2 Carrington Street, Mayfair, London, the most fashionable district in the recently-developed West End.
Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan’s Revenge. Faber, 2003.
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