Hester Lynch Piozzi

(1741—1821) writer

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was married against her inclinations in 1763 to Henry Thrale. The following year they met Dr Johnson, who became very friendly with both, at one time becoming almost domesticated at their house in Streatham Place. Three years after Thrale's death in 1781, and amid much opposition from family and friends (including F. Burney), she married Gabriel Piozzi, an Italian musician; this drew from Johnson a letter of anguished protest, and ended their intimacy. She published several works, including Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson (1786).

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