The City Jilt

Political writings

Eliza Haywood was active in politics during her entire career, although she had a party change around the time of the reconciliation of George II with Robert Walpole. She wrote a series of parallel histories, beginning with 1724's Memoirs of a Certain Island, Adjacent to Utopia, and then The Secret History of the Present Intrigues of the Court of Caramania in 1727. In 1746 she started another journal, The Parrot, which got her questioned by the government for political statements about Charles Edward Stuart, as she was writing just after the Jacobite rising of 1745. This would happen again with the publication of A Letter from H---- G----g, Esq. in 1750. She grew more directly political with The Invisible Spy in 1755 and The Wife in 1756.

Haywood’s other works of non-fiction include:

  • Love-Letters on All Occasions Lately Passed between Persons of Distinction (1730).
  • Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman (1743)
  • A Present for a Servant Maid ; or, the Sure Means of Gaining Love and Esteem (1743).
  • [A revision.] A New Present for A Servant-Maid: containing Rules for her Moral Conduct, both with respect to Herself and her Superiors: The Whole Art of Cookery, Pickling, and Preserving, &c, &c. and every other Direction necessary to be known to render her a Complete, Useful and Valuable Servant (1771).
  • Epistles for the Ladies (1749).

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