Eliza Haywood Bibliography

The British Recluse 1722
Haywood married, at an extremely young age, Valentine Haywood, a middle-aged clergyman. She appears to have left him in order to pursue a career on the stage and to support herself by writing. In 1721 she revised The Fair Captive, by a Captain Hurst, for Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatre. Haywood soon grew to dislike the stage and she went on to write at least 70 novels, producing as many as ten in one year (1724). Haywood was attacked by Pope and Swift called her a “stupid, infamous, woman”. She went on to found The Female Spectator, the first periodical to be written by a woman.
Memoirs of a Certain Island adjacent Utopia . . . 1725
Haywood imitated the style of Delarivière Haywood by writing novels based on contemporary scandal. In the Memoirs she appended a key in which society leaders were denoted by initials; the British Museum has a copy giving their full names.
The Distressed Orphan, or Love in a Madhouse,and The Merchant Lover 1726
Secret History of the Present Intrigues of the Court of Caramania 1727
The Female Dunciad 1729
A riposte to Pope’s attack on Haywood in the The Dunciad where he satirized her as a “Juno of majestic size. With cow-like udders, and with ox-like eyes”, her sexual favours were offered as the prize in a urinating contest.
The Female Spectator 1744
Ostensibly published by a club of four women, it continues in monthly issues until May 1746.
Life’s Progress through the Passions 1748
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless 1751
History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy 1753