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Research papers

'Adventures in the Literary Marketplace': students' work

For the last two years, Prof. Emma Clery of the University of Southampton has run a course for English BA students which involves the study of some of the rare texts in the Chawton House Library collection.

The 'Adventures in the Literary Marketplace' course looks at issues surrounding eighteenth-century authorship and publishing, and centres on each student 'adopting' a book in the Chawton collection and researching the book's author, publishing history and contemporary reception, as well as looking at the text itself.

Below are some of the results of the students' work, including bibliographical details of the book, biographical information about the author, the book's publishing history and a critical essay on the work. The texts in question are mostly little-known and the students' research is a valuable resource for future readers and scholars of these works.

Anna Maria Bennett, Anna, or Memoirs of a Welch Heiress (1786) (2nd ed.; 1st ed. published 1785)

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By Ian Johncock.

Elizabeth Bonhote, The Fashionable Friend (1773) (1st ed.)

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By Janine Al-Tarafi.

Frances Brooke, History of Lady Julia Mandeville (1763) (2nd ed.; 1st ed. also published 1763)

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By Hayley Sherratt.

Sarah Harriet Burney, Clarentine (1796) (1st ed.)

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By Gemma Sneath.

Sophia, Lady Burrell, Poems (1793) (1st ed.)

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By Monica Harris.

Elizabeth Gooch, Fancied Events (1799) (1st ed.)

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By Emma Lenanton.

Susannah Gunning, The Cottage (1769) (1st ed.)

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By Caroline Greaves.

Albinia Gwynn, History of the Honourable Edward Mortimer (1785) (1st ed.)

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Author Biography PDF >;
Critical Essay PDF >
By Rachael Hyde.

Cassandra Hawke, Julia de Gramont (1788) (1st ed.)

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By Paul Lenihan.

Elizabeth Helme, Louisa; or, the Cottage on the Moor (1787) (1st ed.)

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By Fiona Harlow.

Elizabeth Hervey, Melissa and Marcia; or, the Sisters (1788) (1st ed.)

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By Sarah Tegg.

Sarah Lansdell, The Tower; or, the Romance of Ruthyne (1798) (1st ed.)

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By Sara Vickery.

Eliza Parsons, An Old Friend with a New Face (1797) (1st ed.)

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By Kelly Spiller.

Anne Plumptre, The Rector's Son (1798) (1st ed.)

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By Caroline Strong. 

Jael Henrietta Pye, Poems by a lady (1767) (1st ed.)

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By Becca Maxted.

Clara Reeve, The Two Mentors (1783) (1st ed.)

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By Elizabeth Eves.

Elizabeth Tomlins, The Victim of Fancy (1787) (1st ed.)

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By Abby Watts.

Adeline or The Orphan (1790) (1st ed.)

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By Kriya Amin

Ann Gomersall, The Citizen (1790) (1st ed.)

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By Chloe Musson.

Miss Smythies, The History of Lucy Wellers (1754)    (1st ed.)

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By Caroline Hickey.

Mary Collyer, Memoirs of the Countess De Bressol. A History Adapted to Inspire the Noble sentiments of Virtue, Piety and Honour (1743) (1st ed.)

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By Nicola Elvin.

Anna Maria Mackenzie, Monmouth: a tale, founded on historical facts. (1792) (1st ed.)

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By Lucy Craig.

Maria Susanna Cooper, The Daughter; or, the history of Miss Emilia Royston and Miss Harriet Ayres. (1775)    (1st ed.)

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By Hannah Davey.

Sarah Butler, Irish tales: or, instructive histories for the happy conduct of life. (1716) (1st ed.)

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By Ella Dolan.

Mary Charlton, The Parisian; or, genuine anecdotes of distinguished and noble characters. (1794) (1st ed.)

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By Clare Egan.

Isabella Kelly, Madeline; or, the Castle of Montgomery (1794) (1st ed.)

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By Sarah Evans.

Eliza Kirkham Mathews, Arnold Zulig (1790) (1st ed.)

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By Louisa Hall.

James Douglas, The History of Julia D’Haumont: or the Eventful Connection of the House of Montmelian with that of D’Haumont (1797) (1st ed.)

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By Danielle Richardson.

Henry Feron Heath,jnr, The Recluse(1787) (1st ed.)
 

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By Jo Robinson.

 
Constantia; or, a True Picture of Human Life, Represented in Fifteen Evening Conversations, After the Manner of Boccace. In Two Volumes. To which is prefixed, A Short Discourse on Novel Writing. (1751)

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By Sophie Hannon.

 
Louisa: or, Virtue in Distress (1760)

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By Penny Foulkes.

 

The Life and Adventures of the Marchioness Urbino. Containing Several Remarkable Passages in England, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, and Holland (1735)

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By Paul Wheeler.

 

Letters Between an English Lady and Her Friend at Paris. In which are contained The Memoirs of Mrs. Williams. (1770)

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By Laura Rowsell.

 

The Distrest Wife, or the History of Eliza Wyndham; related in a Journey from Salisbury (1768).

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By Helen Ball.


An Exploration of Phebe Gibbes’ The Woman of Fashion or The History of Diana Dormer (1767).

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By Amy Sims.


The History of Tom Jones the Foundling in His Married State.

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By Andy Baber.


An Introduction to The Stage-Coach

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By Camilla Tenn.

 

The History of Will Ramble (1754)

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By Catherine Love.

 

The Auction: A Modern Novel

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By Emily MacDonald.

 

History of Eliza (1767)

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By Frankie New.

 

The Ladies Advocate: or, Wit and Beauty a Match for Treachery and Inconstancy (1749)

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By Harriet Lee.

 

The Adventures of Jack Smart (1756)

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By Heather Best.

 

The Brothers (1758)

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By Jennifer Hardwick.

 

The Rational Lovers (1769)

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By Louise Bennetts.

 

The Female Foundling: Or Virtue, Truth and Spirit, Opposing every Difficulty. Shewing The happy Success of constant Love, in the true and entertaining Life of Mademoiselle D---R (1751)

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By Rachel Picken.

 

The Faithful Fugitives: Or Adventures Of Miss Teresa
M--- In a Series of Letters to a Friend

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By Raechel Perkins.

 

The Fruitless Repentance; or the History of Miss Kitty Le Fever (1769)

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By Ruth Thomlinson.

 

The Reward of Virtue (1769)

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By Tom Frankel.

 

Constantia; or the distressed friend (1770)

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By Victoria Insley.

 

The Life and Adventures of Benjamin Brass. An Irish Fortune Hunter (1765)

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By Will Garwood.

A Voyage to The World in the Centre of the Earth: A Critical Introduction (1755)

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By Joel Found.


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Title page of History of the Honourable Edward Mortimer by Albinia Gwynn (1785)

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