Elizabeth Bonhote

Standard Name: Bonhote, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Mapes
Married Name: Elizabeth Bonhote
Pseudonym: The Author of Hortensia, Rambles of Mr Frankley, and The Fashionable Friend
Styled: Mrs Bonhote of Bungay
Pseudonym: E. B.
Used Form: A Lady
Used Form: Mrs Bonhote
During the later eighteenth century EB published seven novels (one historical) and a conduct book. Her volume of poetry dates from the next century. The conduct book had the greatest success. On most issues she is stereotypically conservative, but she shows humour and insight about the predicament of the woman writer. She was clearly serious about her own career.


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Friends, Associates Maria Susanna Cooper
MSC was an intimate friend of her fellow novelist Elizabeth Bonhote .
Cooper, Bransby Blake. The Life of Sir Astley Cooper, Bart. John W. Parker.
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She not only subscribed to one of Bonhote's books but also received a dedication from her (of Darnley Vale; or, Emelia...
Friends, Associates Clara Reeve
Among her friends were Martha Bridgen (daughter of Samuel Richardson ), Thomas Percy , and Joseph Cooper Walker
Trainer, James, and Clara Reeve. “Introduction”. The Old English Baron, Oxford University Press.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
(who was also a good friend to other women writers from around the British Isles: to...
Literary responses Phebe Gibbes
Andrew Becket in the Monthly Review thought this novel dull and derivative; confronted with Elizabeth Bonhote 's anonymous Olivia a few months later he thought the two suspiciously similar.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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The English Review...
Literary responses Susanna Haswell Rowson
The Critical Review situated this work in reference to two others: Sterne 's Sentimental Journey and Elizabeth Bonhote 's The Rambles of Mr. Frankly. (It apparently did not remember Eliza Haywood 's The Invisible...
Publishing Mary Deverell
A dedication to the Princess Royal praises the immortal writings of many other women, or rather ladies. MD herself, she says, is a person of obscure and undistinguished rank, who yet hath not reliquished the...
Publishing Eliza Parsons
She gave her name as Mrs. Parsons on the title-page and signed the dedication with both her names.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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A title-page epigraph reads: Brutus said Virtue was but a name—tis more. ....
Textual Features Jane Harvey
In addition to quotation from Milton , Pope , and Thomson , this book has a Sterne an flavour, with passages titled from sights (like The Theatre Royal and The Merchants's Court) alternating with...
Textual Features Catharine Macaulay
The letters are addressed to Hortensia (the name of a Roman matron who acted against gender convention by speaking publicly in the Forum against a proposed tax on women).
O’Brien, Karen. Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Press.
This name had been used...
Textual Features Sarah Trimmer
In addition to Catharine Cappe 's work on Sunday schools and versions of fairy stories by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy , the magazine reviewed work by a whole library of didactic, pedagogical, or improving writers, reprinted as...
Textual Features Jane West
JW uses heroic couplets for formal poems like To the Island of Sicily (on the retreat of the king and queen of the Two Sicilies before the French Army of Italy, commanded by Napoleon ...


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Bonhote, Elizabeth. Bungay Castle. Minerva Press, 1797.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. Darnley Vale; or, Emelia Fitzroy. William Lane, 1789.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. Ellen Woodley. William Lane, 1790.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. Feeling; or, Sketches from Life. 1810.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. Hortensia; or, The Distressed Wife. Robinson and Roberts, 1769.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. Olivia; or, Deserted Bride. William Lane, 1787.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. The Fashionable Friend. T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1773.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. The Parental Monitor. William Lane, 1788.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. The Parental Monitor. William Lane, 1790.
Bonhote, Elizabeth. The Rambles of Mr. Frankly. Becket and De Hondt, 1776.