18th Century


The Beggar's Opera, painting

by Susanna Centlivre

The Busie Body

by John Gay

The Beggar's Opera (including musical score)

by Elizabeth Inchbald

Lovers’ Vows: A Play in Five Acts, From the German of Kotzebue

by Richard Sheridan

The Rivals


by Aphra Behn

"The Disappointment"
"Love Arm'd"
"The Willing Mistress"

by Anne Finch

"The Spleen"

by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

"Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband"
"The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write The Lady's Dressing Room"

by Alexander Pope

An Essay on Man, Epistle 1
"The Rape of the Lock"

by Jonathan Swift

"The Lady's Dressing Room"


by Mary Astell

Excerpts from Some Reflections on Marriage

by Aphra Behn

The Fair Jilt
The History of the Nun
Aphra Behn, painting"The Unfortunate Happy Lady"
"The Wandering Beauty"

by Frances Burney

Evelina: or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
Letter from Frances Burney to her sister Esther about her mastectomy without anaesthetic, 1812

by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

by Madame de Lafayette

The Princess of Cleves

by Oliver Goldsmith, 1730-1774 (headnote available)

from "The Deserted Village"

by Susannah Gunning

Barford Abbey

by Eliza Haywood

Love in Excess; Or, the Fatal Enquiry

by Elizabeth Inchbald

A Simple Story

by Charlotte Lennox

The Female Quixote (1752)

by Ann Radcliffe (headnote availale)

"An Address to Protestant Dissenters"
The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents

by Samuel Richardson

Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded

by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels
"A Modest Proposal"

by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto

by John Wesley (headnote available)

"The Almost Christian"