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Selections from the Female Spectator

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After Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood was the most important English female novelist of the early eighteenth century. She also edited several serial newspapers, the most important of which, the Female Spectator, was the first modern periodical written by a woman and addressed to a female audience. This fully annotated collection of articles selected from the Female Spectator inc ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 28th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1999)
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Interesting collection of essays from one of the earliest newspapers written by a woman for a female audience. This is essential reading for anyone interested in women's writing from this time period. Certainly many of Haywood's essays still ring true for the modern reader, particularly those on the themes of women's education and the stunting of women's capacities by lack of opportunity. While others are much more conservative, taken together, they still paint a clear picture of women's lives i ...more
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Excellent for anyone fascinated with women's viewpoints in the 1700s.
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Eliza Haywood (1693 – 25 February 1756), born Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, actress and publisher. Since the 1980s, Eliza Haywood’s literary works have been gaining in recognition and interest. Described as “prolific even by the standards of a prolific age” (Blouch, intro 7), Haywood wrote and published over seventy works during her lifetime including fiction, drama, translations, poetr ...more
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