Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Hervey, Elizabeth,, 1748 - 1820
Birth Name: Elizabeth Marsh
Pseudonym: The Author of Melissa and Marcia
Married Name: Elizabeth Harvie
was the author of six novels published between 1788 and 1814, besides one more, extant in a carefully-bound manuscript, which never reached print. They have something in them of sentiment and something of satire; one has links with the Irish nationalist movement. Her reputation has been overshadowed by her half-brother William Beckford
's two spoofs on the popular novel, which are far less directly connected with her writing than has been supposed.
burlesqued women writers and attacked reactionary government in his novelModern Novel Writing, or the Elegant Enthusiast; and Interesting Emotions of Arabella Bloomville. A Rhapsodical Romance; Interspersed with Poetry, published as Lady Harriet Marlow.
By 22 July 1797
published a second and more marked burlesque attack on women's writing: Azemia: A Descriptive and Sentimental Novel. Interspersed with Pieces of Poetry.