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Even more neglected and unknown is Haywood's political writing. In fact, she was part of an unbroken line of early women writers who stubbornly refused to be pushed out of the public sphere and contributed to the most important political debates of their time. This volume is especially rich in these texts, and includes her The Opera of Operas with its original, political ending; her Adventures of Eovaai, long recognized as her most political piece and one of the texts that demonized Prime Minister Robert Walpole; and an extended commentary on the politician's use of the infamous Elizabeth Canning case from The Invisible Spy.
This edition provides a full introduction to Haywood's life and range of writings and should encourage new, revisionary studies of her work. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of the novel, eighteenth-century studies, and women's literature.
|Note on the Texts|
|A Wife to Be Lett: A Comedy (1724)||1|
|The City Jilt; or, The Alderman Turn'd Beau: A Secret History (1726)||83|
|The Mercenary Lover: or, The Unfortunate Heiresses (1726)||121|
|From The Fruitless Enquiry (1727)||163|
|The Opera of Operas; or, Tom Thumb the Great (1733)||171|
|From Adventures of Eovaai, Princess of Ijaveo (1736)||221|
|From The Invisible Spy (1755)||143|
|From The Wig (1756)||299|