Sophia Priscilla Lee, author of fiction and plays and headmistress of a successful school, is chiefly remembered for her novel The Recess (1783-85). A bestseller in its own time, it remains an exciting page-turner that narrates the adventures of twin heroines among most of the notable persons of Queen Elizabeth’s court. It was the first novel in England to combine romance and sentiment with a vivid historical background.

Sophia Lee was born in London in 1750, the second of the five children of two busy actors, John and Anna Sophia Lee. They played leading roles in theaters all over the British Isles, and for some years John managed companies in Edinburgh and Bath. It was an unsettled existence, with the family …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Rogers, Katharine. "Sophia Lee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 January 2008
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]