Mary Robinson

(1758—1800) author and actress

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writer and actress. In 1774 she married Thomas Robinson, who incurred debts; she published Poems (1775), and became mistress of the prince of Wales (George IV) in 1779. Among her numerous publications, provoked by poverty during 1790s, are Sappho and Phaon (1796, sonnets), and several novels, including Vancenza (1792) and The Natural Daughter (1799). Her poetry was admired by S. T. Coleridge and her Lyrical Tales (1800) are indebted to the Lyrical Ballads. After her death, her work declined in popularity because of her reputation for loose morality. Her Memoirs, with Some Posthumous Pieces (1801) and her Poetical Works (1806) were edited by her daughter.

Subjects: Literature.

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