|1764||9 July, born in London, daughter of William Ward, a|
haberdasher, and Ann Ward (neé Oates).
|1772||Moves to Bath, where she may have attended Sophia|
Lee's school for young ladies.
|1787||Marries William Radcliffe, Oxford graduate, parlia-|
mentary reporter and proprietor of the English Chronicle.
Encouraged by husband in first writing ventures.
|1789|| The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne published|
|1790||A Sicilian Romance, 2 vols., published anonymously.|
|1791|| The Romance of the Forest, Interspersed with some Pieces of|
Poetry, 3 vols. First edition published anonymously;
authorship acknowledged in advertisement to second
edition the following year.
|1794|| The Mysteries of Udolpho, A Romance, Interspersed with|
some Pieces of Poetry, 4 vols. Literary reputation estab-
lished with popular success of novel at home and abroad.
Makes tour of war-torn Netherlands and Germany with
husband, travelling down the Rhine as far as the Swiss
border. Tour of the Lake District in autumn.
|1795|| A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, through Holland|
and the Western Frontier of Germany, With a Return Down
the Rhine: To Which Are Added Observations During a
Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire and Westmoreland, and
|1797|| The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents, 3 vols.|
Ceases publishing, owing to new-found financial
|1798||Subject of laudatory essay (attributed to S. T. Coleridge)|
in the Critical Review.
|1802|| Gaston de Blondeville completed after visiting Kenilworth|
Castle, but 'laid aside, so disinclined had she become to
publication' (Talfourd). Increasingly shuns literary
|1810||Anonymous ' Ode to Terror' printed in which it is|
asserted that Radcliffe has gone mad and died of 'the