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Mary de la Riviere Manley
1709 ENGLISH Political SEX SCANDALS Erotica RAPE Gay Interest FEMINIST Feminism
London: John Morphew, J Woodward, 1709. Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality, of Both Sexes. From the New Atlantis an Island in the Mediterranean. Manley, Mary de la Riviere. London: Printed for John Morphew...J Woodward, 1709. 2 Vols, Complete. Mary De La Rivere Manley (1670-1724) is perhaps best-known for this controversial work, Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality of both Sexes, from the New Atalantis, an Island in the Mediterranean in 1709. In her time, Manley was a notorious character known for her scandalous past (a cousin seduced her into a bigamous marriage), her sensational writing (ranging from the aggressively political to the erotic), and her appearance (she was badly scarred from a bout of smallpox in her youth and known for being overweight). Manley should be included when discussing the central political and literary circles of the time: friends with Jonathan Swift as well as his successor as editor of The Examiner, satirised by Alexander Pope in The Rape of the Lock, and now usually mentioned alongside Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood as "the fair triumvirate of wit." New Atlantis, the title she is best known for, was published anonymously and claims on its title to have been originally written in Italian. "Later critics read it as pornographic; still later critics co-opted it into the development of the novel; but that is not how its author or its original readers understood it. It is political scandal fiction (what was developed first in France as 'chronique scandaleuse'), with elements both of allegory and of propagand … [Click Below for Full Description]
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