The daughter of the rector of Freston, Reeve was primarily educated at home. In 1772, she translated John Barclay's Argenis from the Latin. In 1777, she published The Champion of Virtue (later renamed to The Old English Baron), an imitation of Walpole's Castle of Otranto, and one for which she is best remembered today. Her other works include The Two Mentors (1783), The Progress of Romance (1785), The Exiles (1788), Memoirs of Sir Roger de Clavendon (1793) and Destination (1799).
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The Old English Baron
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