Charlotte Smith was born into privilege, but at an early age found herself faced with a life of pain, penury, and isolation. Her father, Nicholas Turner, owned estates in Sussex and Surrey, and Charlotte spent much of her childhood in the country. After her mother died when she was three years old, her father traveled abroad for several years, leaving Charlotte consigned to the care of an aunt. At age six, she was sent to school, where she attained some distinction in the usual feminine accomplishments, and became known as an avid reader and composer of verse.
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