Jane Wiseman – The Lost Lady

Biography of eighteenth century English female playwright Jane Wiseman by Hedda House.

Hi Friends,
Hope you’re well 🙂 Today marks a return to English-speaking writers after the last couple of months dealing with the oddities and then trying to make sense, of google translate. I promise I won’t stay here in lazy-town but it’s been nice to work on something a little easier this month.So let’s meet our female playwright of the month:

Jane Wiseman.

💜 So little is known about Jane Wiseman that it’s a factlet in itself.

💚 Wrote one play ‘Antiochus the Great’ (also known as ‘The Fatal Relapse’). It was produced at the New Theatre, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in 1701.

💜 It was published on 25th November 1701.


💚 She was also an actress and poet.


💜 Thought to be the writer of a book of verse Fairy Tales published in 1717 under her married name of Mrs Holt.


💚 Notable for coming from a modest, lower class background, instead of having the privilege of a noble woman’s education.

HER FULL STATS: Born 1673 (baptised in March) possibly in Holborn.
Died sometime after 1717.

Biography of eighteenth century, English, female playwright and writer of 'Antiochus the Great' Jane Wiseman by Hedda House.
Biography of eighteenth century, English, female playwright and writer of ‘Antiochus the Great’ Jane Wiseman by Hedda House.

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