Todd, Janet. The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. Rutgers University Press, 1997.
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An Advertisement in the volume itself is uncharacteristically humble in tone for MJ . It disclaims ambition and says it was quite accidental, that her thoughts ever rambled into rhyme. It calls her writings the...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Eliza Haywood||
True to her name, EH 's heroine snubs Mr Trueworth because she really can't be bothered with him. She is already sorry before (ignoring ominous nightmares) she marries the egregious Mr Munden. He not only...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Catharine Trotter|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Hannah Cowley||
HC borrows her plot from Wycherley 's The Country Wife, though considerably softening its harshness. (The ingenue Arabella is caught by her guardian uncle, Feelove, not her husband, apparently writing a love-letter; but she...
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|Literary responses||Mary, Lady Chudleigh|
|Textual Features||Judith Drake||
Its boldness in argument—seeking to lift women to an Equallity [sic]
with men—may stem from its anonymity. It is also interesting as literary criticism, notably on Dryden , Wycherley , Congreve , and Locke
Drake, Judith. An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex. A. Roper, E. Wilkinson, and R. Clavel, 1696.
|Textual Features||Elizabeth Thomas||
The author (perhaps
|Theme or Topic Treated in Text||Constantia Grierson||
CG praises Barber for writing non-heroic poetry, for her useful motives, her power to move, and the purity of her work. (Writers she mentions with asterisks as having cause to regret the bad moral effect...
|Theme or Topic Treated in Text||Alethea Lewis||
She heads her novel with a prefatory letter to the Rev. William Johnstone , who, she says, has asked why she chooses to write fiction and not moral essays. She answers that novels offer opportunities...