Elizabeth Moody

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Born Elizabeth Greenly, daughter of a wealthy lawyer residing near Kingston, southwest of London, Elizabeth Moody grew up surrounded by a fashionable set that included lawyers, politicians, courtiers, and literary dilettantes. A booklover from an early age, she also attained unusual fluency in French and Italian, and with access to several fine libraries among neighbours and relatives, she was well read in English, French, and Italian literature. For many years she composed and privately circulated verse in a coterie that included poet Edward Lovibond and George Hardinge.

Elizabeth Greenly remained unmarried until 1777, when at age forty she wed the dissenting clergyman Christopher Lake Moody, a literary man whose interests …

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Waters, Mary. "Elizabeth Moody". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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