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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale) (1741-1821), Writer and friend of Dr Johnson

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The daughter of a Welsh landowner, Hester Lynch Salusbury married London brewer Henry Thrale (1728-81) aged twenty-two. In 1765 the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson. Thereafter, Johnson spent much time at their home in Streatham where he enjoyed the lively conversation of his well-educated hostess. It was widely speculated that the two would marry when Henry Thrale died in 1781 but they became estranged when she married the Italian musician Gabriel Mario Piozzi in July 1784. Published in 1786 the first edition of Hester Piozzi's Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson sold out within a day. The writer Hannah More (1745-1833) considered its anecdotal style to be a 'new-fashioned biography'.

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