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Hannah Cowley

(1743—1809) playwright and poet


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(1743–1809),

wrote a number of comedies including The Runaway (1776), A Bold Stroke for a Husband (1783), and her most successful, The Belle's Stratagem, performed 1780. They tend to preach the importance of marriage and the domestic virtues. She also wrote long narrative romances, and corresponded as ‘Anna Matilda’ in poetry in The World with Robert Merry (see Della Cruscans), a correspondence satirized by Gifford.

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