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Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (1741–1821)

Piozzi, Hester Lynch Salisbury (Thrale) (pē-ots’ē). An Englishwoman, chiefly noted from her friendship with Dr. Johnson. She was born in Carnarvonshire, Jan. 16, 1740–1; died on May 2, 1821. She received a good education, and married in 1763 Henry Thrale, a brewer much her eider, taciturn and wholly absorbed in business, and who allowed her little liberty. She first became acquainted with Dr. Johnson the next year; he spent much time at their home and traveling with them. After Thrale’s death she married Mr. Piozzi, a cultivated Italian musician of considerable note; Johnson resented the change and left her with reproaches. English society considered it a social descent, and most writers since have echoed their sentiments. Although she wrote other things, her ‘Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson’ and her ‘Autobiography’ are the works now read.