Mary Davys

Standard Name: Davys, Mary
Birth Name: Mary
Married Name: Mary Davys
MD was one of the first wave of novelists to follow Aphra Behn during the early eighteenth century. She also wrote plays and poetry, and is known as an Irish writer.


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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...
Intertextuality and Influence Henrietta Battier
HB (if it is she) presents herself as a brand-new author: a Bardling! - bursting from her Shell!
Battier, Henrietta. The Mousiad. P. Byrne, 1787.
Her satire on the sexuality of a male ecclesiastic suggests works of several generations earlier by...
Publishing Sarah Fielding
She described herself as the Author of David Simple on the title-page of this and of all her subsequent fictional works. She did not put her name on a title-page until her last book. This...
Textual Features Eva Figes
Though she mentions such writers as Eliza Haywood and Mary Davys , she begins her detailed discussion with the 1790s (a time which twenty years on would be regarded as somewhat late in the history...
Textual Features Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
They include a novel in five letters (Indamora to Lindamira), a verse-and-prose romance (The Adventurer), and poems in various pastoral and classical modes—epistles, lyrics, etc. The novel gives a voice to...
Textual Production Catharine Trotter
Critic Robert Adams Day ably summarised the virtues of this tale in 1969, well ahead of the explosion of interest in early women's writing. He pointed out the novelty of the middle-class heroine, chaste but...


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