Delarivier Manley

Standard Name: Manley, Delarivier
Birth Name: Delarivier Manley
Married Name: Delarivier Manley
Nickname: Dela
Indexed Name: Mary de la Riviere Manley
Indexed Name: Mary Delarivier Manley
Pseudonym: Melpomene
Pseudonym: Thalia
Pseudonym: Delia
Pseudonym: The Translator of the New Atalantis
Pseudonym: Rivella
Used Form: Delarivière Manley
DM was a pioneer in many fields: poetry, drama, journalism, and fiction, and the genres with which the fiction of her period interlocked: letters, soft pornography, satire, secret history, romance autobiography, and political polemic. She was proud of being first in the field on the Tory side during the pamphlet wars of Queen Anne's reign. As critic Paula McDowell remarks, her writing identity was shaped by the new concept of print culture as an industry, an employer of labour.
McDowell, Paula. The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace, 1678-1730. Clarendon.
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Anthologization Sarah Fyge
Delarivier Manley printed some of SF 's letters in The Lady's Pacquet of Letters.
Feminist Companion Archive.
Anthologization Catharine Trotter
CT contributed Calliope: The Heroick Muse to The Nine Muses, Manley 's collection of elegies by women on Dryden 's death, published by 26 September 1700.
Bowyer, John Wilson. The Celebrated Mrs Centlivre. Duke University Press.
A different poem by her, On the...
Anthologization Catharine Trotter
The ascription has been subject to some question, since the formerly accepted birthdate for CT made her only fourteen at the time; the date established by more recent scholarship makes her approaching twenty.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
The volume,...
Anthologization Sarah, Lady Piers
SLP was one of the contributors to The Nine Muses, the all-female anthology of elegies on the death of Dryden which was edited by Delarivier Manley , and published in 1700. She expressed some...
Cultural formation Sarah, Lady Piers
SLP was born into the English gentry. Her poetry makes it clear that she was a pious Anglican , a convinced Whig, and a patriotic supporter of the Protestant succession.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Allegations by Delarivier Manley that...
death John Dryden
After an immediate burial at St Anne's Church, Soho, Dryden was given a Westminster Abbey funeral and buried in the grave of Chaucer .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Poets lamenting his death included the all-female contributors to The...
Education Elizabeth Boyd
EB says nothing about how she learned the things she knew—an acquaintance with English literature, some history, and at least a smattering of French and Latin—but she may well have been largely self-taught. She often...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Fyge
SF and Egerton had no children. Their bad relations were evidently notorious, since Manley represented the pair in violent and grotesque physical combat.
Nicholls, C. S., editor. The Dictionary of National Biography: Missing Persons. Oxford University Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Gunning
It was known that Lorne had been in the running before Blandford, who was financially and socially a better catch. Gossips speculated. Love-letters from Blandford, and a letter from the Duke of Marlborough welcoming EG
Fictionalization Eliza Haywood
EH 's reputation during her lifetime and immediately afterwards (bolstered by Pope's image of her in the Dunciad) was of the quintessential practitioner of the novel, seen as low-grade entertainment both intellectually and morally...
Fictionalization Mary Pix
MP , with Manley and Trotter , was lampooned on stage in The Female Wits—not virulently, but as fat, greedy, and unladylike.
The cast-list of The Female Wits, unpublished till 1704, suggests that...
Friends, Associates Jonathan Swift
Swift helped and befriended a number of women writers. He was a patron of Mary Barber , Constantia Grierson , an unidentified Mrs Sican , Mary Davys , and Laetitia Pilkington , a colleague of...
Friends, Associates Catharine Trotter
During her London years she was an ally of Damaris Masham , but quarrelled with Delarivier Manley . She found both a patron and a friend in Sarah, Lady Piers (who wrote poetry herself). She...
Friends, Associates Sarah Fyge
Manley had been a friend of SF , but they came to dislike each other by 1704-5.
Friends, Associates Sarah, Lady Piers
SLP was in correspondence with Catharine Trotter from at least 1697 to 1709 (the year after Trotter's marriage). The relationship was warm: when Trotter, now Cockburn, was married and expecting her first child, Piers hoped...


About 1349-1351: Giovanni Boccaccio worked at his cycle of...

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About 1349-1351

Giovanni Boccaccio worked at his cycle of tales entitled (from the fact that the stories are told over the course of ten days) the Decameron. It was first translated into English in 1620.

1669: G. J. Guilleragues published, anonymously,...

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G. J. Guilleragues published, anonymously, Lettres portugaises (sometimes called Letters of a Portuguese Nun).

1705-14: Robert Harley worked to establish a nationwide...

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Robert Harley worked to establish a nationwide system of government intelligence and propaganda.

2 April 1705: Bernard Mandeville published The Grumbling...

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2 April 1705

Bernard Mandeville published The Grumbling Hive (later expanded as The Fable of the Bees).

8 July 1709-31 March 1710: The thrice-weekly Female Tatler appeared,...

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8 July 1709-31 March 1710

The thrice-weekly Female Tatler appeared, an explicitly woman-centred riposte to the condescending or gender-prejudiced element in Richard Steele 's still-new Tatler.

3 August 1710: The Examiner, or, Remarks upon Papers and...

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3 August 1710

The Examiner, or, Remarks upon Papers and Occurrences was launched by Jonathan Swift with the express intention of examining and correcting false statements from other periodicals; it ran until 1716

19 May 1720: A New Miscellany, edited by Anthony Hammond,...

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19 May 1720

A New Miscellany, edited by Anthony Hammond , included work by Pope , Prior , William Bond , George Sewell , Susanna Centlivre , Delarivier Manley , Eliza Haywood , Martha Fowke , and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu .

19 September 1735: A proposal was published for a series or...

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19 September 1735

A proposal was published for a series or periodical to be entitled The Weekly Novelist, a Collection of the Best Novels.

16 October 1750-April 1753: Christopher Smart and John Newbery, under...

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16 October 1750-April 1753

Christopher Smart and John Newbery , under the persona of Mary Midnight, issued a periodical entitled The Midwife; or, Old Woman's Magazine; they acknowledge the influence of Delarivier Manley .

By 1761: Harris's List of Covent-garden Ladies: Or,...

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By 1761

Harris's List of Covent-garden Ladies: Or, New Atlantis, a directory of prostitutes, was being printed annually under this title.

1814: John Colin Dunlop published The History of...

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John Colin Dunlop published The History of Fiction: Being a Critical Account of the Most Celebrated Prose Works of Fiction, from the Earliest Greek Romances to the Novels of the Present Age.


Manley, Delarivier. A Learned Comment upon Dr. Hare’s Excellent Sermon. John Morphew, 1711.
Manley, Delarivier. A Modest Enquiry into the Reasons of the Joy Expressed. John Morphew, 1714.
Manley, Delarivier. A True Narrative of What Pass’d at the Examination of the Marquis de Guiscard. Editor Swift, Jonathan, John Morphew, 1711.
Manley, Delarivier. A True Relation of the Several Facts and Circumstances of the Intended Riot and Tumult on Queen Elizabeth’s Birth-day. John Morphew, 1711.
Manley, Delarivier. Almyna. William Turner and Egbert Sanger, 1707.
Manley, Delarivier. Court Intrigues. J. Morphew and J. Woodward, 1711.
Manley, Delarivier. “Editorial Materials”. A Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs Manley, edited by Fidelis Morgan, Faber, 1986, p. various pages.
Manley, Delarivier. “Introduction”. The Novels of Mary Delarivière Manley, edited by Patricia Köster, Scholars’ Facsimilies and Reprints, 1971, p. v - xxviii.
Manley, Delarivier. “Introduction”. New Atalantis, edited by Ros Ballaster, Pickering and Chatto, 1991, p. v - xxviii.
Manley, Delarivier. “Introduction”. The Adventures of Rivella, edited by Katherine Zelinsky, Broadview, 1999, pp. 9-38.
Manley, Delarivier. Letters Written by Mrs. Manley. R. B., 1696.
Manley, Delarivier. Lucius. Printed for John Barber; sold by Benjamin Tooke, Henry Clements, and John Walthoe, Junior, 1717.
Manley, Delarivier. Memoirs of Europe. John Morphew, 1710.
Aulnoy, Marie-Catherine d’, and Delarivier Manley. Memoirs of the Court of England. B. Bragg, 1707.
Manley, Delarivier. New Atalantis. J. Morphew and J. Woodward, 1709.
Manley, Delarivier. New Atalantis. Editor Ballaster, Ros, Pickering and Chatto, 1991.
Manley, Delarivier. The Adventures of Rivella. 1714.
Manley, Delarivier. The Adventures of Rivella. Editor Zelinsky, Katherine, Broadview, 1999.
Manley, Delarivier. The Duke of M——h’s Vindication. 1711.
Manley, Delarivier, editor. The Examiner. John Morphew.
Manley, Delarivier. The Honour and Prerogative of the Queen’s Majesty Vindicated. John Morphew, 1713.
Manley, Delarivier, and Marie-Catherine d’ Aulnoy. “The Lady’s Pacquet of Letters”. Memoirs of the Court of England, B. Bragg, 1707.
Manley, Delarivier. The Lost Lover. R. Bentley, F. Saunders, J. Knapton, and R. Wellington, 1696.
Manley, Delarivier. The New Atalantis. Editor Ballaster, Ros, Penguin, 1992.
Manley, Delarivier, editor. The Nine Muses. Richard Basset, 1700.