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LENNOX, Charlotte Ramsay, author, born in New York city in 1720; died in London, England, 4 January, 1804. She was sent by her father, Colonel Ramsay, lieutenant-governor of the colony, to England when fifteen years of age to receive her education, married in that country, and lived there for the remainder of her life. After she was left a widow in straitened circumstances, she resorted to her pen for a livelihood, having previously published a volume of "Poems on Several Occasions" (London, 1747). She enjoyed the friendship of Samuel Richardson and of Samuel Johnson, who had a high opinion of her talents. Her principal work was "Shakespeare Illustrated," of which two volumes were first issued (1753), and a supplementary volume shortly afterward (1754). It is a collection of the novels and tales on which Shakespeare's plays were founded, translated from the original authors, with notes designed to show that the dramatist perverted the stories, introducing absurd intrigues and improbable incidents. Some of these observations were ascribed by Edmond Malone to Dr. Johnson, who wrote the dedication to the Earl of Orrery. Her other works include "Memoirs of Harriet Stuart" (1751); "The Female Quixote" (1752); "Henrietta," a novel that was much read (1758); a translation of the Duke of Sully's "Memoirs" (1761; new ed., 1854-'6): "Sophia," a novel (1763)" "The Sisters," a comedy (1769); "Old City Manners," a comedy (1773); "Euphemia." a novel (1790); and "Memoirs of Henry Lennox" (1804).
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