18th Century


The Beggar's Opera, paintingby John Gay

The Beggar's Opera (including musical score)

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

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 Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

by Susannah Gunning

Barford Abbey

by Eliza Haywood


by Samuel Richardson

Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded

by Jonathan Swift

"A Modest Proposal"

by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto

by John Wesley (headnote available)

"The Almost Christian"