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Anna Letitia Barbauld

BARBAULD, Anna Letitia (née Aikin). b. Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, 20 June 1743; d. Stoke Newington, London, 9 March 1825. At Kibworth her father was a Presbyterian minister teaching at the dissenting academy (her maternal grandfather, John Jennings, had taught Philip Doddridge* there). In 1753 her father moved to the celebrated Warrington Academy, where she thrived in the cultural and intellectual freedom and began to write, publishing (with her brother John) Poems (1773) and Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose (1773). In 1774 she married Rochemont Barbauld, the son of a Huguenot family and a Presbyterian minister, described by Samuel Willoughby Duffield as ‘a gesticulating Frenchman’...

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