ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Brooke

(1724-1789)


Frances Brooke was the eldest daughter of the Rev. Thomas Moore. Orphaned in childhood and raised by relatives in Lincolnshire, she wrote poems and a play in London before her marriage to the Rev. John Brooke (before 1756). In 1757 she sailed for America with her husband, who was military chaplain in Quebec in 1763, the year she published the first Canadian novel. The Brookes returned to London in 1768, where from 1773 to 1778 Frances Brooke was co-manager of the Haymarket Opera House. The year before her death she retired to Sleaford, Lincolnshire to live with her son.

TEXT RECORDS:

1747 ca.Ode to Fame.

PUBLICATIONS:

Virginia a tragedy, with odes, pastorals, and translations. 1756.
The history of Lady Julia Mandeville. 2 vols, 1763.
The history of Emily Montague. 4 vols, 1769.
The excursion. 2 vols, 1777.
The siege of Sinope. A tragedy. 1781.
Rosina. 1783.
The history of Charles Mandeville. A sequel to Lady Julia. 2 vols, 1790.