Jane Taylor and Ann Taylor blue plaque in Colchester

In these houses lived Jane & Ann Taylor authors of "Original Poems for Infant Minds" etc. 1796-1811.

Jane Taylor (23 September 1783 – 13 April 1824) was an English poet and novelist. She wrote the words for the song "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". The poem is now known worldwide, but its authorship is generally forgotten. It was first published under the title "The Star" in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her older sister Ann (later Mrs. Gilbert). The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.Ann Taylor's son, Josiah Gilbert, wrote in her biography,"two little poems–'My Mother,' and 'Twinkle, twinkle, little Star,' are perhaps, more frequently quoted than any; the first, a lyric of life, was by Ann, the second, of nature, by Jane; and they illustrate this difference between the sisters."

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Ann Taylor (30 January 1782 - 20 December 1866) was an English poet and literary critic. In her youth she was a writer of verse for children, for which she achieved long-lasting popularity. In the years immediately preceding her marriage, she became an astringent literary critic of growing reputation. She is, however, best remembered as the elder sister and collaborator of Jane Taylor.

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