Living by the Pen: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1992-10-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Living by the Pentraces the pattern of the development of women's fiction from 1696 to 1796 and offers an interpretation of its distinctive features. It focuses upon the writers rather than their works, and identifies professional novelists. Through examination of the extra-literary context, and particularly the publishing market, the book asks why and how women earned a living by the pen. Cheryl Turnerhas researched and lectured widely in the field of eighteenth-century women's writing.

Table of Contents

List of figures
Introductionp. 1
Earlier Interpretations of the Development of Eighteenth-Century Women's Fictionp. 5
Seventeenth-Century Foundationsp. 18
The Growth of Eighteenth-Century Women's Fictionp. 31
Professional Authorship - The Alternatives for Womenp. 60
Women Novelists and Their Publishersp. 83
Professional Women Novelists - Earning an Incomep. 102
Access to Women's Fictionp. 127
Appendix A: A Catalogue of women's fiction published in book form 1696-1796p. 152
Appendix B: A chronological list of women authors 1696-1796p. 212
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 249
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