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Frances Sheridan, from The History of Nourjahad

Frances Sheridan (née Chamberlaine) (1724–1766) was an Irish novelist and playwright.

Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1747 she married an actor, Thomas Sheridan, and at the same time began work on her first novel, Eugenia and Adelaide. Circumstances forced the couple to move to London in 1754, and they were introduced to Samuel Richardson, who encouraged Frances in her writing. Her most successful novel, Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph ([761), in diary format, was clearly influenced by Richardson's Pamela. She then turned to drama, her work being performed at Drury Lane by David Garrick's company. Sheridan was the mother of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, also a playwright, as well as a politician.

Works

Plays

  • The Discovery (1763)
  • The Dupe (1764)
  • A Trip to Bath (1765)

Novels

  • Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761)
  • The History of Nourjahad (1767)
  • Continuation of the Memoirs (1767)

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