Elizabeth (née Singer) Rowe was a poet and devotional writer, known to history primarily for her seminal work

Friendship in Death

(1728), a series of fictitious letters written by the dead to their living friends and family. Rowe was born on 11 September 1674 in Ilchester, Somerset to Walter Singer (d. 1719) and Elizabeth Portnell. Singer was a Dissenting minister, imprisoned in Ilchester through the 1662 Act of Uniformity for his Nonconforming religious beliefs. During his time in prison, he became acquainted with Elizabeth Portnell through her various charitable visits to the jail. Shortly after he was released, they were married and he took up the clothier trade. Rowe was one of three daughters born to Walter and Elizabeth; one of her sisters died early in childhood and the other…

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Citation: Clement, Jessica. "Elizabeth Rowe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3867, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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