1709 ca1750, Jul 29
a celebrated Anglo-Irish poet. Her Memoirs are the source of much of what is known of the personalities and habits of Jonathan Swift and others. In 1743, she began seeking, on Cibber's advice, subscribers for her Memoirs. Samuel Richardson, who had been a benefactor of hers and who had consulted with her on Clarissa, would not publish the work. Further, no other London publisher would accept the work, and Matthew Pilkington worked hard to ensure that the Memoirs would find no home. Indeed, most of the book sellers and publishers, as well as many of the notables of the day, were afraid of their publication and afraid of having their private foibles exposed to the public.
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