Eliza Haywood: The Fortunate Foundlings

Carol Stewart (Editor)

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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 ... 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherModern Humanities Research Association
Number of pages269
ISBN (Print)9781781882672
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018

Publication series

NameCritical Texts


  • Foundlings
  • women
  • fiction
  • Jacobites
  • politics
  • opposition
  • historical novel

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