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The Life and Romances of Mrs. Eliza Haywood
by George Frisbie Whicher
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The purpose of the following study is not to revive the reputation of a forgotten author or to suggest that Mrs. Haywood may yet “come into her own.” For the lover of eighteenth century fashions her numerous pages have indeed a stilted, early Georgian charm, but with the passing of Ramillies wigs and velveteen small-clothes the popularity of her novels vanished once for all.
Although Mrs. Haywood was evidently not responsible for the inclusion of her tale in "The Female Dunciad," and although the piece itself was entirely innocuous, her daring to raise her head even by accident brought down upon her another scurrilous rebuke, not this time from the poet himself, but from her former admirer, Richard Savage.
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