Backscheider, Paula R. Selected Fiction and Drama of Eliza Haywood . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Backscheider offers concrete evidence of a rich and lively heritage of women writing in English before the min-nineteenth century. The book presents texts of cultural and literary interest in the English-speaking tradtition, often for the first time since their original publications. It aims at showing how Haywood is an author of erotic seduction novels, and also a deeply engaged political writer, a poet, a journalist, a literary critic, and the author of conduct books and essays.
Bocchicchio, Rebecca P. and Saxton, Kirsten T. The Passionate Fictions of Eliza Haywood, Essays on Her Life and Work . Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2000.
This book focuses largely, although not entirely, on Haywood's fiction. It also explores her drama and journalism. The book provides a fascinating account of Haywood's fame for the scandalous nature of her early novels. The authors prove that she inaugurated what exists today as feminine romance and fiction of seduction, written explicitly by and for women. This is a comprehensive and well-organized collection of resources having to do with the style of women writers in the eighteenth century.
Herman, Ruth. The Business of a Woman: The Political Writings of Delarivier Manley . Massachusetts: Rosemont Publishing and Printing Corp., 2003
Herman provides a fascinating and critical review of the writings of 18th century writer, Delarivier Manley. Through a close exploration of Delarivier's writing techniques, he discusses and compares these techniques to the modern conventions that Manley so aptly seems follow. This process of contextualization is particularly intriguing when considering not only Manley's dveelopment as a writer, but is also essential in orde rto measure her individual achievment as a leading female figure among the major propagandists of her time.
Haywood, Eliza. Selections from The Female Spectator . New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
This is a well-organized collection of Eliza Haywood's works from The Female Spectator, a popular female-centric 18th century journal. This book also offers a collection of purported letters from correspondents who report their personal problems to the journal, one of Haywood's many devices for maintaining the interest of her readers. Exemplying a concrete awareness of how social, political, and personal concerns intersect as well as complicate one another, Haywood explores the many facets of female life in a superbly honest fashion. Particularly focusing on marriage, her discussion seems to transcend the 18th century culture of which she was a member.
Ingrassia, Catherine. Text, Lies and the Marketplace: Eliza Haywood and the Literary Marketplace at Mid-century. http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/symp/ing_txt.htm. 2000.
This extract, which is a part of the Virginia Commonwealth University website, presents a personal symposium written by a VCU faculty member. It provides a factual discussion of Haywood's life, particularly focusing on her identity and function as a female-centric writer within eighteenth century society. Derived from a number of valid sources and written from an unbiased perspective, this site is extremely relevant to the topic at hand.
Manley, Delarivier. The New Atlantis . Pall Mall, London: Pickeriing and Chatto(Publishers) Limited, 1991.
Manley explores primarily the political condition of the female figure within 18th century English culture. She recognizes the presence of sexual double standards within her society and outwardly insists on women's rights to both political and sexual power. Her narrow-minded passion to reactionary politics combined with a clear-sighted recognition of women's idealogical oppression is a contradiction familiar to feminist analysis in the current time period.
Nestvold, Ruth. Aphra Behn. http://www.lit-arts.net/Behn/chron-ab.htm. 1995.
This website provides an intriguing exploration of Aphra Behn, as Nestvold gives a brief chronology of her life and works. Nestvold provides notable dates within Behn's life as well as discusses her relationship with family and friends. This site also presents useful links to pages which examine other portions of Behn's life.
Schofield, Mary Anne. Eliza Haywood . Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1985.
Schofield carefully tracks the life of Eliza Haywood. She provides information about Haywood as a dramatist, translator, and novelist. This book discusses Haywood's style, characteristics, and interests as a female writer in the 18th century. Considering the other end of the argument, this book also offers essays and periodicals from other authors who critque Haywood's work. It is a fascinating exploration of Haywood's works as well as the appeal of her writing within 18th century culture.