novelist, poet, and essayist, spent some of her childhood in New York Province. Her novel The Female Quixote (1752), was praised by H. Fielding. Her other novels include the Life of Harriot Stuart (1750) and Henrietta (1758), which was dramatized as The Sisters (perf. 1769), with an epilogue by Goldsmith. She was skilled in discerning fleeting moments of emotion, and may be grouped with practitioners of the novel of sentiment. Dr Johnson cited her under ‘Talent’ in his Dictionary. Her collection and translation of the sources of Shakespeare's plays appeared as Shakespear Illustrated (1752–3). She also translated many works from the French.