Hannah Cowley

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Birthday
14, 1743
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 11, 1809 (65)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
14, 1743
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 11, 1809 (65)

About

English dramatist who is known for The Runaway (1776), as well as for her most popular work, The Belle's Stratagem (1780). Her works often focus on marriage and on the struggles of women to overcome social and familial injustice.

Before Fame

Her frequent visits to the theater inspired her to become a playwright, herself. She wrote her debut dramatic work, The Runaway, in 1776, and the play ran for seventeen performances during its initial season at London's Drury Lane theatre.

Trivia

She attempted to write poetry, but did not fully succeed in the medium; her plays were much better-received.

Family Life

She was born in Tiverton, Devon, England to bookseller Phillip Parkhouse and Hannah Richards Parkhouse. She later married journalist Thomas Cowley, with whom she had several children.

Associated With

She had a feud with playwright Hannah More.