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The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless. By Mrs. Haywood. In four volumes
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Person:
Haywood, Eliza Fowler, 1693?-1756.
Fielding Miss (Fielding, Sarah) 1710-1768 Author (text) Author (paratext)
Harrison Printed for
Stothard, Thomas 1755-1834 Engraver Illustrator
Corbould, Richard 1757-1831 Engraver Illustrator
Walker Illustrator Engraver
Angus Engraver
Heath, James 1757-1834 Illustrator Engraver
Title:
The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless / by Mrs. Haywood : in four volumes.
Title page extent:
Full v.1
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
Full
v.1 v.2
v.1 v.2
Title page priority:
Work v.1
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
v.1 v.2
v.1 v.2
Title page print type:
Letter-press v.1
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
v.1 v.2 v.3 v.4
Letter-press
v.1 v.2
v.1 v.2
Publication information:
London : Printed for Harrison and co. no. 18, Paternoster-Row MDCCLXXXIII. v.1 The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless.
London: Printed for Harrison and co. no. 18, Paternoster-Row MDCCLXXXV. v.1 The history of Ophelia.
Extent:
4 v. : ill. ; 22 cm. (8vo) Octavo
Work qualifiers:
In four volumes. (The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless.) In two volumes. (The history of Ophelia.)
Paratextual Essay Description:
Advertisement v.1
Introduction v.1
Heading as it appears in the work:
Advertisement. v.1
Introduction. v.1
Paratextual Essay - Location in text:
Front v.1
Front v.1
General paratextual essay note:
The history of Ophelia. Explains how this work was found and was published Debates the fictionality of the novel: describes how the novel must be "a work of fancy," yet "contains many incidents that bear so much the appearance of reality, that they might claim some share of our belief." Describes the novel as "well calculated for instruction as amusement." v.1
The history of Ophelia. Authorial Addressed to "your ladyship". Explains, vaguely, the circumstances in which the novel was written: the introduction begins, "Your ladyship had little compassion...when you desired me to write you an exact account of every circumstance of my life..." Calls the novel "my history of myself." v.1
Citation / Reference Note:
ESTC (RLIN) T75390
Dominant narrative form:
Third-person
First-person
Narrative form contains:
First-person Letters
Letters
Narrative form notes:
Generally narrated in the third-person, but interspersed with authorial first-person narration. Under chapter headings, brief, often humorous and self-referential descriptions of the chapter, clearly claiming to have been written by the author, and frequently referring to the reader, e.g. "Chap. XXIII. Returns to Miss Betsy's adventures, from which the two former were but a digression, though a very necessary one, as will hereafter appear," and "Chap. VIII. Presents the reader with some passages whichcould not conveniently be told before, and, without all doubt, have been for a long time impatiently expected." The history of Miss Betsy Thoughtless.
Addressed to "your ladyship." Signed at the end "Your ladyship's most obedient humble servant, Ophelia Dorchester." as if the entire novel was one long letter addressed to this certain lady. The history of Ophelia.
Claim Type:
Author (text)
Author (text)
Author (paratext)
Publisher (text)
Publisher (text)
Author (text)
Authorship Claim - Phrase in which the authorship claim appears:
By Mrs. Haywood.
By Miss Fielding.
The author of David Simple.
I am obliged to fortune for the papers I now offer to the publick....I have not been able, by any enquiry, to find out the author, or the lady to whom it was addressed: but I hope I shall not give offence to either of them by the publication...
I am obliged to fortune for the papers I now offer to the publick....I have not been able, by any enquiry, to find out the author, or the lady to whom it was addressed: but I hope I shall not give offence to either of them by the publication....The author of David Simple.
Your ladyship's most obedient humble servant, Ophelia Dorchester.
Authorship Claim - Location of Claim:
Title Page
Title Page
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Authorship Claim - Gender Claim:
Female
Female
Indeterminate
Indeterminate
Indeterminate
Female
Subject Headings:
CHR 1783
Corporate / Collection Name:
Harrison and Co Printed for
Collection of British and American Fiction, 1660-1830 (University of Pennsylvania)
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Repository: University Of Pennsylvania
Noun: History
Noun: Miss
Noun: Mrs
Noun: Volume
Adjective: Four
Adjective: Thoughtless
Adjective: Two
Person: Miss Betsy Thoughtless
Person: Miss Fielding
Person: Mrs. Haywood
Person: Ophelia
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Printed for Harrison and co. no. 18, Paternoster-Row
Date of publication: MDCCLXXXIII
Date of publication: MDCCLXXXV
Number of volumes: 4 v.
Paratextual essay description: Advertisement
Paratextual essay description: Introduction
Paratextual essay heading: Advertisement
Paratextual essay heading: Introduction
Index: no
Narrative form: First-person
Narrative form: Third-person
Author claim type: Author (paratext)
Author claim type: Author (text)
Author claim type: Publisher (text)
Author gender claim: Female
Author gender claim: Indeterminate
Decade: 1780s
Year: 1783