Elizabeth Sheridan

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  • Aileen Douglas (Trinity College Dublin)

Elizabeth Sheridan, novelist and diarist, was born in 1758 in Henrietta Street near Convent Garden in London. Her parents were both distinguished literary figures. Frances Sheridan (1724-1766) was a successful novelist and playwright, while Thomas Sheridan (1719?-1788) was an actor and theatrical manager, as well as educationalist. Elizabeth Sheridan was the youngest of four siblings, all of whom would, as adults, achieve varying degrees of literary reputation: Charles Sheridan (1750-1806) as a historian and political pamphleteer; Alicia Sheridan (1753-1816) as a poet and playwright; and, most famously, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) as a dramatist.

In London, the family moved in literary circles and associated with …

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Citation:
Douglas, Aileen. "Elizabeth Sheridan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13266, accessed 30 September 2014.]

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