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Family Annals, or the Sisters by Mary Hays

Family Annals, or the Sisters: by Mary Hays

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Li-ching Chen
December 30, 2022

Family Annals, or the Sisters, Mary Hays's last novel, was originally published in 1817. This philosophically complex novel examines the themes of the importance of women's education, economic equality of the sexes, and general equality among all human beings. This edition of Family Annals, with a ...

The Ford Family in Ireland by Elizabeth Ham

The Ford Family in Ireland: by Elizabeth Ham

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Jennifer Martin
December 13, 2022

Elizabeth Ham's 1845 novel, The Ford Family in Ireland, provides a snapshot, based on the personal experiences of the author, of a pivotal period in that country’s history. It examines the state of Ireland following the failed rebellions of 1798 and 1803 with a focus on the uprising of the “...

Clan-Albin: A National Tale by Christian Isobel Johnstone

Clan-Albin: A National Tale: by Christian Isobel Johnstone

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Juliette Shields
October 06, 2022

Christian Isobel Johnstone’s Clan-Albin: A National Tale was published in 1815, less than a year after Walter Scott’s Waverley; or ‘tis Sixty Years Since enthralled readers and initiated a craze for Scottish novels. Both as a novelist and as editor of Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine from 1834 to 1846, ...

Clan-Albin: A National Tale by Christian Isobel Johnstone

Clan-Albin: A National Tale: by Christian Isobel Johnstone

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Juliette Shields
October 06, 2022

Christian Isobel Johnstone’s Clan-Albin: A National Tale was published in 1815, less than a year after Walter Scott’s Waverley; or ‘tis Sixty Years Since enthralled readers and initiated a craze for Scottish novels. Both as a novelist and as editor of Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine from 1834 to 1846, ...

Clan-Albin: A National Tale by Christian Isobel Johnstone

Clan-Albin: A National Tale: by Christian Isobel Johnstone

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Juliette Shields
October 06, 2022

Christian Isobel Johnstone’s Clan-Albin: A National Tale was published in 1815, less than a year after Walter Scott’s Waverley; or ‘tis Sixty Years Since enthralled readers and initiated a craze for Scottish novels. Both as a novelist and as editor of Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine from 1834 to 1846, ...

The History of Lady Louisa Stroud, and the Honourable Miss Caroline Stretton by Phebe Gibbes

The History of Lady Louisa Stroud, and the Honourable Miss Caroline Stretton: by Phebe Gibbes

1st Edition

Edited By Mike Franklin
July 19, 2022

This new edition of the British epistolary novel The History of Lady Louisa Stroud, and the Honourable Miss Caroline Stretton examines the theme of female agency, and is an excellent example of women's writing in the eighteenth-century. The relationships of the author, Phebe Gibbes, with the East ...

Celia in Search of a Husband: By a Modern Antique

Celia in Search of a Husband: By a Modern Antique

1st Edition

Edited By Caroline Franklin
June 22, 2022

This ground-breaking nineteenth-century volume is of considerable scholarly interest as an example of a femino-centric popular novel. Celia in Search of a Husband is a high-spirited and entertaining example of an anti-Jacobin novel, written at the height of the backlash against female intellectuals...

The History of the Countess of Dellwyn, by Sarah Fielding

The History of the Countess of Dellwyn, by Sarah Fielding

1st Edition

Edited By Gillian Skinner
April 12, 2022

Sarah Fielding was one of the most respected women authors of her generation and a key figure in the development of the novel. She was admired especially by Samuel Richardson, who famously commented that her ‘knowledge of the human heart’ was greater than that of her brother, the novelist Henry ...

Theodora, A Novel by Dorothea Du Bois

Theodora, A Novel: by Dorothea Du Bois

1st Edition

Edited By Lucy Cogan
November 23, 2021

Theodora, A Novel by Dorothea Du Bois, published in 1770, is an entertaining and frequently shocking tale of a young woman’s efforts to regain her position in high society after her aristocratic father’s abandonment of and denial of marriage to her mother. The two-volume work is a thinly-veiled ...

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

Edited By Timothy Whelan, Felicity James
October 04, 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 ...

Chawton House Library: Women's Novels 1-10

Chawton House Library: Women's Novels 1-10

1st Edition

Edited By Various
November 01, 2018

Contains the first ten books from the series....

Marmaduke Herbert; or, the Fatal Error by Marguerite Blessington

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

1st Edition

Edited By Susanne Schmid
August 02, 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 ...

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