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GRIFFITH , ELIZABETH ( DWB , 292).

See also J.M.S. Tomkins , The Polite Marriage ( Camb. Univ. Press , 1938 ).

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GRIFFITH , ELIZABETH ( 1720? - 1793 ), author ;

b. in Glamorgan . Little is known of her before her marriage to Richard Griffith , an Irishman , c. 1752 . Thereafter she acted on the Dublin and London stage and in 1757 published A Series of Genuine Letters between Henry and Frances , which was at once a novel and a selection in two volumes of correspondence between Richard Griffith and herself before marriage. She wrote many plays after 1765 , of which The School for Rakes ( 1769 ) was, and is, the most rewarding. She essayed poetry , did much translation from the French , and wrote other novels; and in 1775 she published The Morality of Shakespeare's Drama Illustrated . She d. in Ireland 5 Jan. 1793 . Her children were Richard ( 1752 - 1820 ) and Catherine .

Sources:

  • Baker , Biographia Dramatica (1812) , i, 301;
  • The Cambridge history of English literature (1908-1927) ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Professor Gwyn Jones, M.A., (1907-99), Aberystwyth / Cardiff

Published date: 2001