Fanny Holcroft

Standard Name: Holcroft, Fanny
Birth Name: Frances Margaretta Holcroft
Nickname: Fanny
For most of her life FC (who began publishing her poems in 1797) was driven in her writing by the urgent need for financial survival, but she shared fully in the hopes of the previous radical generation to have an effect on the world through reformist writing. She began with poetry and later worked at both translation and original fiction. A surviving manuscript play was probably not her only work in this genre.


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TH 's daughter Fanny appears to have inherited her father's literary talent, as well as his capacity for perseverance.


7 February 1792: Thomas Holcroft, radical or Jacobin novelist...

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7 February 1792

Thomas Holcroft , radical or Jacobin novelist and dramatist of working-class origins (father of another future writer, Fanny Holcroft ) published his novel Anna St Ives.

March 1793: Thomas Holcroft, in his Monthly review of...

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March 1793

Thomas Holcroft , in his Monthly review of Robert Bage 's recent Man As He Is, made disparaging remarks about young ladies who write novels, as well as those who read them; he may...


Holcroft, Fanny. Fortitude and Frailty; a Novel. Simpkin and Marshall, 1817.
Holcroft, Fanny. Goldsmith—a Melodrama.
Louis Joseph de Bourbon, prince de Condé,. Memoirs of the Life of the Great Condé. Translator Holcroft, Fanny, R. Juigné, 1807.
Holcroft, Fanny. The Wife and the Lover. Colburn, 1813.