1st Edition

Family Annals, or the Sisters by Mary Hays

Edited By Li-ching Chen Copyright 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 new introduction and editorial commentary by Li-ching Chen, will be of interest to scholars and students of the writing of the Romantic and Victorian eras. It will contribute to various debates about women's education in the nineteenth century, and will provide a new avenue of research in women's writing.

    Table of Contents

    Series Preface


    Chronology of Mary Hays



    Note on the Text

    Family Annals, or the Sisters


    To Mrs Fenwick, of Bridge Town, Barbadoes


    Text of Family Annals


    Appendix A: On Education

    Appendix B: On Economy (Domestic Economy)

    Appendix C: On Fashion

    Appendix D: Selections from Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees: Or,

    Private Vices, Publick Benefits (1723)

    Appendix E: Selected Articles by Mary Hays in the Monthly Magazine

    Appendix F: Mary Hays’s Novels and Books for Young Persons

    Appendix G: Mary Hays’s review of Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story, and a

    Legendary Tale (1796)

    Appendix H: Reviews of Family Annals, or the Sisters



    Li-ching Chen is Associate Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literature at National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Her research interests focus on women’s writing, intellectual history, conduct literature, and consumption practices in England in the long eighteenth century.