Elizabeth Craven

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Elizabeth Craven (née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley) (17 December 1750 – 13 January 1828), Princess Berkeley (though styled Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach), and previously Lady Craven of Hamstead Marshall, was an author, playwright, traveller, and socialite, perhaps best known for her travelogue. She was the third child of the 4th Earl of Berkeley, born near Trafalgar Square in the English City of Westminster


Early in her literary career she wrote a number of light farces, pantomimes, and fables, many of which were performed in London to no great acclaim. She knew Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, and became a close friend of Horace Walpole, who published her early works which, with later efforts, include:

  • The Sleep-Walker (trans. of Pont de Vile's comedy La somnambule, 1778)
  • Modern Anecdotes of the Ancient Family of the Kinkvervankotsdarsprakengotchderns (satire, 1779)
  • The Miniature Picture (play, 1781)
  • A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople (travel writing, 1789)
  • (produced 1798; published 1799). Ed. with an by John Franceschina. British Women Playwrights around 1800. 15 January 2001.
  • Letters from the Right Honorable Lady Craven, to his serene highness the margrave of Anspach, during her travels through France, Germany, and Russia in 1785 and 1786 (travel writing, 1814)
  • Memoirs (1826)

Very little of her musical compositions survive:
  • O Mistress Mine (musical arrangement, about 1875)
  • The Princess of Georgia (opera,...
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