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Author:

Anonymous

Title:

The Inhuman Stepmother, or the History of Miss Harriot Montague

Place of publication:

London

Publisher:

Printed for J. Roson

Date of publication:

1770

Edition:

1st ed.

Number of volumes:

2

An endless tale of shipwrecks, priate attacks, and virtuous European women being sold as slaves to heathens. Harriot Montague's unsurpassed beauty and virtue win her the love of Leander. The serpentine plot leads them through many improbable adventures before finally depositing them in each other's waiting arms.

This novel had first appeared in 1723, written by Penelope Aubin and published under the title The Life of Charlotta Du Pont, an English Lady. With only a few minor changes made to the text, such as changes to the names of characters, this later anonymous version was apparently a case of plagiarism of Aubin’s earlier novel. For a full comparison of the two texts and discussion of eighteenth-century plagiarism, see Maggie Kulik’s article ‘What the Bookseller Did’ [download PDF], published in The Female Spectator in 2000. The full text of The Life of Charlotta Du Pont, an English Lady is also available on Novels-On-Line.

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