Eliza Haywood, The Fortunate Foundlings

Edited by Carol Stewart

Critical Texts 59

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 May 2018  •  278pp

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The Fortunate Foundlings was one of Eliza Haywood’s more successful novels, though it remains one of her lesser known works. It tells the story of a brother and sister left as babies in the care of a gentleman. Like many another eighteenth-century foundling, the siblings leave their guardian behind and make their own way in the world: Horatio as a soldier and Louisa as a lady’s companion, finding love and adventure in the battlefields and courts of Europe. Haywood uses the Continental setting to explore different customs — especially those that might benefit women — and different political choices.

Also published here for the first time is her anonymous pamphlet of 1750, A Letter from H--- G---g, Esq., ostensibly a letter from Charles Edward Stuart’s aide-de-camp, travelling with him after the prince’s expulsion from France. Seemingly a straightforward expression of Jacobite sympathies, it also encodes support for the Patriot cause of the 1740s and ’50s.

Both works were translated and adapted, having an extended afterlife in the writings of Crébillon fils, Edward Kimber and Robert Louis Stevenson. They add to our expanding sense of the author’s range, influence and political agenda.

Carol Stewart is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

Reviews:

  • ‘This volume is a worthwhile read and is highly recommended.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.2, April 2019, 245 (full text online)
  • ‘Carol Stewart’s new edition is of exceptional value. The volume is consistently and expertly footnoted. Historical personages are briefly identified, and likely references are offered. More importantly, Stewart’s introduction provides a brief but clear historical summary, a useful contextualization of the text in Haywood’s oeuvre, and a thoughtful analysis of the novel’s key features.’ — Matthew J. Rigilano, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 33.1, 2020, 168-71
  • ‘A key addition to Haywood scholarship, doing much to show her adroit handling of different genres as well as offering a new perspective on an author about whom there is still much to discover.’ — Jennifer Buckley, Modern Language Review 115.4, October 2020, 902-03 (full text online)

Contents:

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Introduction
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CHAP. XXVI
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PART II A Letter from H—G—g, Esq.
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Silent Corrections
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Bibliography entry:

Stewart, Carol (ed.), Eliza Haywood, The Fortunate Foundlings, Critical Texts, 59 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Eliza Haywood, The Fortunate Foundlings, ed. by Carol Stewart, Critical Texts, 59 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Stewart, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Stewart, Carol (ed.). 2018. Eliza Haywood, The Fortunate Foundlings, Critical Texts, 59 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Stewart 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Stewart 2018: 21.

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