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Author: Centlivre, Susanna

Spouse/other names:Freeman, Carroll
Year of birth:1666
Year of death:1723
About her personal situation:She was born wither Rawkins or Freeman, between 1667 and 1677. She is said to have been a strolling player and in her youth dressed as a man and went for a short while to Cambridge University.She appears to have married twice before settling down with the husband who gave her the name Centlivre, who had first seen her when she was playing the role of Alexander the Great in The Rival Queens at Windsor Castle. Standardizingjuly12av Origin: • Location where born : Rawkins or Freeman • Location where died : unknown National identity : • Nationality : English • Mother tongue : English Marital status : - married Number of children : - unknown Social class / position: -unknown Religion - Unknown

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About her professional situation:dramatist, poet, journalist; felt a severe prejudice against women writing for the theatre Was a very successful playwright, earning much money and seeing many successful productions of her plays, which, unlike many of her contemporaries plays, survived her, being frequently performed up till the 20th century. Standardizingjuly12av Profession(s) and activities: - Play writer - Journalist - Poetess - Actress Languages in which she published : - English Collaboration/connections with male authors/important figures : - unknown Memberships : - unknown
Elements of bibliography:MENTIONED IN: - Lettres européennes (Dutch version 1994) II, 599. - Buck, Guide to women's literature, 1992: "Published her plays anonymously because of what she felt was a severe prejudice against women writing for theatre". Cf. - Fidelis Morgan, The Female Wits - Fidelis Morgan & Paddy Lyons, Female Playwrights of the Restoration

Editors: Marleen Dek (update on 12 December 2009)
Emma van den Eijnde (update on 22 May 2010)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 17 August 2010)
Aspasia Vasilaki (update on 12 July 2012)

Works written by this author

E 1 *Centlivre, Susanna, the author ()
E 2 A bold stroke for a wife (1718)
E 3 The Basset Table (1705)
E 4 The Busy Body (1709)
E 5 The Gamester (1705)
E 6 The Perjur'd Husband; or, the Adventures in Venice (1700)
E 7 The Wonder! A Woman Keeps a Secret (1714)

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