GRIFFITH, ELIZABETH (1727 - 1793), author

Name: Elizabeth Griffith
Date of birth: 1727
Date of death: 1793
Spouse: Richard Griffith
Child: Catherine Griffith
Child: Richard Griffith
Parent: Thomas Griffith
Parent: Jane Griffith (née Foxcroft)
Gender: Female
Occupation: author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Performing Arts; Poetry
Author: Gwyn Jones

Born in Glamorgan on 11 October 1727. 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 died in Ireland 5 January 1793. Her children were Richard (1752 - 1820) and Catherine.


Published date: 1959

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