Laetitia Matilda Hawkins

(1759—1835) writer

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Laetitia Matilda Hawkins died in Twickenham, Middlesex. Her father, John Hawkins, was a biographer of Dr Johnson. He took over her education, supervised her reading and even prohibited her from reading novels. She herself wrote a novel while still in her twenties, although she refused to be identified with it. Much later, at the age of fifty-three, she resumed writing novels, publishing all but one under her own name. She never married, and eventually went to live at the home of her younger brother, where she died.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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