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Fatal Errors; or Poor Mary-Anne. A Tale of the Last Century: by Elizabeth Hays Lanfear

Fatal Errors; or Poor Mary-Anne. A Tale of the Last Century: by Elizabeth Hays Lanfear

1st Edition

Timothy Whelan, Felicity James
October 08, 2019

In December 2015 a novel by Elizabeth Hays (c. 1765-1825) that has eluded scholars of women novelists of the 1790s for more than a century was finally discovered in the British Library. Fatal Errors was written in the late 1790s by the sister of Mary Hays, but not published until 1819 under her...

Marmaduke Herbert; or, the Fatal Error: by Marguerite Blessington

Marmaduke Herbert; or, the Fatal Error: by Marguerite Blessington

1st Edition

Susanne Schmid
August 07, 2018

In the early and mid-nineteenth century, Marguerite Blessington, who had been born in Ireland but spent most of her life in London, became a famous salonnière; she was generally regarded as an important contemporary author, but as no literary executor took care of her oeuvre posthumously, she...

Discipline: by Mary Brunton

Discipline: by Mary Brunton

1st Edition

Olivia Murphy
March 20, 2018

Discipline, the second novel by the Scottish writer Mary Brunton (1778-1818), was published in 1814. While less well known than its predecessor Self-Control (1811), it is nonetheless equally deserving of a central place in the canon of Romantic-era fiction. A wide-ranging novel, it shares many...

Translations and Continuations: Riccoboni and Brooke, Graffigny and Roberts

Translations and Continuations: Riccoboni and Brooke, Graffigny and Roberts

1st Edition

Marijn S Kaplan
August 04, 2016

This edition connects four female writers from two different countries, presenting the English translations of two of the most popular eighteenth-century French novels and a sequel to one of them....

The Citizen: by Ann Gomersall

The Citizen: by Ann Gomersall

1st Edition

Margaret S Yoon
August 04, 2016

Ann Gomersall’s The Citizen (1790) is an epistolary novel, written over two volumes. Gomersall came out of the merchant class in Leeds and little else is known about her, but she began writing to raise funds for her merchant husband to re-enter business after he lost his money. This is the first...

The History of Lady Julia Mandeville: by Frances Brooke

The History of Lady Julia Mandeville: by Frances Brooke

1st Edition

Enit Karafili Steiner
August 04, 2016

Published in 1763, The History of Lady Julia Mandeville was Frances Brooke’s first and most successful novel. This modern critical edition contains an introductory essay on the text, endnotes and textual variants as well as appendices containing contemporary reviews and some of Brooke’s other...

Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale: by Sydney Owenson

Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale: by Sydney Owenson

1st Edition

Jenny McAuley
August 04, 2016

This is the first modern scholarly edition of Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale (1818). Owenson's seventh novel, it is the most sophisticated of her four 'national tales'. Owenson combined conventional romance plotlines with the political and social problems in Ireland, following the passing of the...

The Rash Resolve and Life's Progress: by Eliza Haywood

The Rash Resolve and Life's Progress: by Eliza Haywood

1st Edition

Carol Stewart
August 04, 2016

Eliza Haywood was one of the most popular and versatile writers of the eighteenth century. The two novellas in this edition – The Rash Resolve (1724) and Life’s Progress (1748) – show her developing and adapting her ideas on the subject of passion and romance. Though superficially presented as...

The Private History of the Court of England: by Sarah Green

The Private History of the Court of England: by Sarah Green

1st Edition

Fiona Price
August 04, 2016

Whilst an important and under-researched example of women's writing, scholars of Romanticism and the nineteenth century will also find much value in this challenging political satire....

The History of Ned Evans: by Elizabeth Hervey

The History of Ned Evans: by Elizabeth Hervey

1st Edition

Helena Kelly
August 04, 2016

Ned Evans is a rags-to-riches hero, whose early existence in poverty in Wales is dramatically changed when he saves the beautiful Lady Cecilia Rivers from an assault and is invited to Ireland by her father. After spending time with the great and the good of Irish society, Ned travels to America...

Romance Readers and Romance Writers: by Sarah Green

Romance Readers and Romance Writers: by Sarah Green

1st Edition

Christopher Goulding
August 04, 2016

This edition of Romance Readers and Romance Writers (1810) is the first modern scholarly publication of what is arguably Green's most famous novel. As with many of her other works, Green adopts numerous sophisticated methods to parody her contemporaries....

Self-Control: by Mary Brunton

Self-Control: by Mary Brunton

1st Edition

Anthony Mandal
August 04, 2016

Self-Control (1811) was a literary sensation, going into four editions in its first year. The first novelist to set her story against a strong Scottish background, Brunton set the scene for other writers such as Walter Scott. Jane Austen was also a fan, she read it at least twice, worrying that the...

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