The Adventures of Rivella / Edition 1

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Delarivier Manley is increasingly coming to the fore as a prominent figure in early eighteenth-century fiction, and The Adventures of Rivella in particular has been attracting attention not only as an important example of amatory fiction, but also as an early autobiographical novel. At one level, Sir Charles Lovemore tells the story of Rivella’s life to his friend, the Chevalier d’Aumont; at another, Manley uses the male persona to portray herself as an unrivalled literary goddess of love, repudiating conventional equations of woman, writer, and whore, and refusing to confuse chastity with moral integrity.
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Editorial Reviews

Bruce Stovel University of Alberta
"The Adventures of Rivella is important not only as fiction, as a proto-novel, but also as veiled autobiography and is especially valuable for the light it throws on a woman author's relations with publishers and other writers, both male and female. This edition makes this overlooked early eighteenth-century text widely available; furthermore, Zelinsky's thorough, judicious editorial apparatus allows the reader to understand the book's complex and fascinating contexts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551111216
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1999
  • Series: Literary Texts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Zelinsky currently teaches English at The University of Calgary and has published in the area of eighteenth-century fiction.
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Table of Contents

Delarivier Manley: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Adventures of Rivella
Appendix A: Edmund Curll’s Preface and Key to the Fourth (1725) Edition of Rivella
1. Preface
2. Key
Appendix B: Excerpts from New Atlantis
Appendix C: Delarivier Manley and Richard Steele
1. The Lady’s Paquet Broke Open
2. New Atlantis
3. Memoirs of Europe
4. Lucius, the First Christian King of Britain
Appendix D: Delarivier Manley and Jonathan Swift
1. Journal to Stella
2. Corinna
Appendix E: Delarivier Manley and John Barber
1. The Life … and Character of John Barber
2. An Impartial History of the Life of Mr. John Barber
Appendix F: Delarivier Manley’s Will
Appendix G: Delarivier Manley and her Female Literary Contemporaries
1. Manley’s Poem “To the Author of Agnes de Castro”
2. “To Mrs. Manley, by the Author of Agnes de Castro”
3. “To Mrs. Manley, upon her tragedy called The Royal Mischeif”
4. The Lover’s Week
Appendix H: Delarivier Manley’s Female Literary Precursors
1. Margaret Cavendish
2. Aphra Behn
Works Cited
Recommended Reading
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