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Mary Russell Mitford

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Essayist and playwright, born in Alresford, Hampshire, S England, UK. At the age of 10 she won £20 000 in a lottery, with which her father built a house and sent her to school in Chelsea. They had to move to a labourer's cottage when her father's extravagance ruined them, and thereafter she earned a living as a writer to support him and pay his gambling debts. Her gift was for charming sketches of country manners, scenery, and character, which after appearing in magazines were collected as Our Village (5 vols, 1824–32). She received a civil list pension in 1837, which was increased on her father's death from subscriptions raised to pay his debts.

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