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Encyclopedia > Frances Sheridan

Frances Sheridan (1724-1766) was an Irish novelist and dramatist, and was the mother of Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

She was born Frances Chamberlaine in Dublin. In 1747 she married an actor, Thomas Sheridan, and at the same time began work on her first novel, Eugenia and Adelaide. Circumstances forced them to move to London in 1754, and they were introduced to Samuel Richardson, who encouraged Frances in her writing. Her most successful novel, Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761), in diary format, was clearly influenced by Richardson's Pamela. She then turned to drama, her work being performed at Drury Lane by David Garrick's company.


  • The Discovery (1763)
  • The Dupe (1764)
  • A Trip to Bath (1765)


  • The History of Nourjahad (1767)
  • Continuation of the Memoirs (1767)

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) (2358 words)
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN, third son of Thomas and Frances Sheridan, was born in Dublin on the 30th of October, 1751.
Sheridan was extremely popular at school, winning somehow, Dr. Parr confesses, "the esteem and even admiration of all his schoolfellows"; and he acquired, according to the same authority, more learning than he is usually given credit for.
Sheridan spoke for more than five hours, and the effect of his oratory was such that it was unanimously agreed to adjourn and postpone the final decision till the House should be in a calmer mood.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan at AllExperts (431 words)
Sheridan was born in Dublin on October 30, 1751 at 12 Dorset Street, a fashionable street in the late eighteenth century.
Sheridan was educated at Harrow School, and was to study law.
Sheridan cast a more capable actor for the role of the comic Irishman for its second performance, and it was a smash which immediately established the young playwright's reputation.
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