Jan Fergus

Standard Name: Fergus, Jan


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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
Her mother was Mary (Long).
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elizabeth was left some money by maternal relatives in about 1779.
This information was privately supplied by scholar Jan Fergus .
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
It was EOB 's uncle by marriage Sir David Ogilvy who introduced her to Mary Champion de Crespigny , dedicatee of The Female Geniad.
This information was privately supplied by scholar Jan Fergus .
Literary responses Ann Masterman Skinn
The Critical Review dismissed the novel as nauseous and insipid, and the heroine as so inconsistent as to be incredible; its only reason for noticing it at all was to deter AMS from further publication...
Publishing Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
The lost and unidentified novel published by Hookham was the first of a series by LMH that appeared without her name. Even Hookham was not let into the secret of her identity until 1792, and...
Publishing Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
LMH had not at this date published anything she had acknowledged. As scholar Jan Fergus notes, a brief ongoing ledger record which Hookham opened with this title, ends at last (after he learned the identity...
Publishing Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
For printing ConstanceHookham used the Logographic Press (an experimental firm which aimed to speed printing by having certain common words precast as units of type instead of having to be assembled from individual letters)...
Reception Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
LMH tells a romantic story in her memoirs about this series of novels. A lady (still alive in 1824, resident near Windsor) admired them so warmly that she vainly badgered the kind, generous, worthy...
Textual Features Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
The disparate novels in the group recently and convincingly ascribed to LMH by scholar Jan Fergus have in common a strong element of attention to gender issues. The plots blend the unusually convincing with the...
Textual Production Jane Austen
JA laid aside her fragmentary, unfinished novel The Watsons.
Critic Jan Fergus thinks that she probably never went back to it after Anne Lefroy 's death. Biographer Claire Tomalin thinks it was her father
Textual Production Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
Jan Fergus notes that the title mention of a dog may have raised false expectations of satire through a naive observer in the manner of Francis Coventry 's The History of Pompey the Little; or...
Textual Production Eliza Kirkham Mathews
A series of novels—beginning with Constance, 1785 (published as by a young lady when the future EKM was about thirteen), and continuing, with each title linked backwards to others in the series, to The...
Textual Production Mary Robinson
During the four and a half years she was writing for Hookham and Carpenter, MR took the risk herself, but sold less well than she had expected and cleared less than ten pounds a year...


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Fergus, Jan. Emails about Elizabeth Benger, Laetitia Matilda Hawkins, Eliza Kirkham Mathews, and Ann Masterman Skinn to Isobel Grundy.
Fergus, Jan. Jane Austen A Literary Life. MacMillan Press, 1991.
Fergus, Jan. Jane Austen: A Literary Life. St Martin’s Press, 1991.
Fergus, Jan. “Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins’s Anonymous Novels Identified”. Notes and Queries, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 152-6.
Fergus, Jan. “Reading Behind the Bike-Sheds: Novel-Reading at Rugby School and Daventry Dissenting Academy”. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) 35th Annual Conference, Oxford.
Fergus, Jan. “The Gothic Moan”. Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Conference, Quebec City, QC.
Fergus, Jan. “The Professional Woman Writer”. The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Fergus, Jan, and Janice Thaddeus. “Women, Publishers, and Money, 1790-1820”. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Vol.
, pp. 191-07.