One of the first periodicals written primarily for, though not aimed solely at, an audience of women, the Female Tatler charmed early eighteenth-century Londoners with its lively wit and scathing satire. In circulation for less than one year (1709-1710), it nevertheless marks an important point in magazine publication history and in female authorship and readership. Purportedly written by women-first by a Mrs. Crackenthorpe and then taken over by a "Society of Ladies"-the Female Tatler is often passed over, especially in relation to its counterpart and inspiration, Richard Steele's periodical the Tatler. Yet the Female Tatler capably stands on its own.

As a review of the Female Tatler and the milieu from which it sprang, this site not only offers a literary analysis of the major themes discussed by the Female Tatler, but historical background as well. Understanding the periodical is not possible without at least a cursory knowledge of the events that surround it. Like all cultural texts, the Female Tatler is a product of both its time and place. This site provides some insight into that time and place through the Female Tatler, while studying the periodical as a work of literature in its own right.



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