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Madame d'Arblay

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Frances Burney (1752-1840), also known as Fanny Burney, was an English satirical novelist and playwright (who also wrote some journals and letters). D’Arblay was one of the most popular writers of the 18th century. Her notable works include Journals, Evelina; or, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World, Cecilia, Camilla, The Wanderer and her play, The Witlings. 

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Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 -1910) – widely known as Mark Twain – was an American author, humourist and also inventor. He was seen as the father of American literature; in fact, Ernest Hemingway said, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 

Huckleberry Finn." His most notable works – as well as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, of course – are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

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Mary Shelley

Novelist

Not only was Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) married to famous poet Percy Shelley, but she was hugely successful in her own right: for a woman to write a book as popular as Frankenstein in the 19th century was shocking (which is shown by the fact that many believed her husband, Percy, had written the book as it was published anonymously). 

Frankenstein proved the importance of women in literature and change people's beliefs; Mary Shelley put her name in the second edition which was published in 1823. Some of her other notable works include

 Valperga, The Last Man, Lodore and The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck.  

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Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was Mary Shelley’s mother – hence the similar name – who devoted herself to women’s rights and equality; she had a great influence and contribution to the feminist movement. 

Wollstonecraft is best known for her work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Sadly, she died after giving birth to her daughter.

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