Jane Collier

(1715—1755) novelist

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satirist, born near Salisbury, where she lived for thirty years. In London she became a member of S. Richardson's circle, contributing advice on Clarissa and collaborating with her companion, S. Fielding, on an experimental dialogue novel, The Cry (1754). Her other notable work is An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting; With Proper Rules for the Exercise of That Pleasant Art (1753), a spoof conduct manual in the manner of Swift's ironic Directions to Servants. It was revived in three editions of 1804–6, and may have influenced Austen.

Subjects: Literature.

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