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The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable

by Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier edited by Carolyn Woodward

Before Jane Austen’s novels explored heroines in English society, writers Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier dared to provide commentary on gender and education through self-conscious narratives.

The Reform'd Coquet, Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady, and The Accomplish'd Rake

by Mary Davys

The Reform'd Coquette (1724) tells the story of Amoranda, a good but flighty young woman whose tendency toward careless behavior is finally tamed.

The Young Philosopher

by Charlotte Smith

In The Young Philosopher, George Delmont embraces an agrarian life and devotes himself to the pursuit of knowledge.

The Adventures of David Simple and Volume the Last

by Sarah Fielding

The Adventures of David Simple (1744), Sarah Fielding's first and most celebrated novel, went through several editions, the second of which was heavily revised by her brother Henry.

The Injur'd Husband and Lasselia

by Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756) was one of the first women in England to earn a living writing fiction.