Harriet Lee

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Harriet Lee’s best work is Canterbury Tales, a collection of short stories and novellas that offers acute social observation, biting satire on upper class irresponsibility, pathos, suspense, and thoughtful, judicious morality. At her best, Lee wrote with tart realism and a good sense that kept her tales relatively free of the Gothic sensationalism and effusive sensibility that marred so much fiction in her time.

She was born in London in 1757, the third of the five children of John and Anna Sophia Lee, busy actors who took the family around Britain as they performed in London and other cities. Her father managed theaters in Edinburgh and Bath. He constantly quarreled and litigated with his business associates, but …

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Rogers, Katharine. "Harriet Lee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 January 2008
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