Lady Ellenor Fenn (1743-1813) is renowned for her contribution to the development of children’s education and literature in the eighteenth century. Her prominent contributions in this discipline include: readers for different ages (

Cobwebs to Catch Flies

), child centred teaching schemes (

The Set of Toys

) and instructional material for parents (

Mrs Lovechild’s Series of Grammatical Knowledge


Ellenor (née Frere) Fenn (1743-1813), whose parentage was of landed gentry, was the third child of Sheppard Frere, esq. of Roydon, Suffolk and Susanna (née Hatley of London) Frere Westhorpe, Suffolk. Ellenor is the sister of John Frere (1740-1807) (Stoker, 2007, p. 818). In 1766 Ellenor married antiquarian John Fenn (1793-1794), who was a contemporary of her brother at Cambridge, and they lived

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Citation: Price, Pamela. "Ellenor Fenn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2021 [, accessed 12 April 2024.]

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