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Anna Seward (1742-1809), Writer and poet

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'The Swan of Lichfield', one of the best-known poets of the 1780s and 1790s. Seward was born in the Derbyshire village of Eyam and lived from the age of ten in Lichfield where her father Thomas was canon. After his death in 1790 she continued to live in the Bishop's Palace and wrote romantic poetry. Her elegies on Captain Cook and David Garrick brought her to public notice and she became friendly with many leading members of intellectual society. She bequeathed all her poems to Sir Walter Scott who published them as Poetical Works in 1810. Six volumes of her letters appeared the following year.