Women in the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries: Representative Works

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Marie Jean Antoine

On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship (essay) 1790

Elizabeth Ashbridge

Some Account of the Fore-Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (autobiography) 1774

St. Teresa de Avila

El libro de su vida [The Life of the Mother Teresa of Jesus] 1562

El libra de las fundaciones de Santa Teresa de Jesús [The Book of the Foundations] 1576

El castillo interior, o las moradas [The Interior Castle; or, The Mansions] 1577

Mary Astell

A Serious Proposal to the Ladies for the Advancement of Their True and Greatest Interest. By a Lover of Her Sex (essay) 1694

A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, Part II. Wherin a Method is Offer'd for the Improvement of Their Minds (essay) 1697

Aphra Behn

Oroonoko; Or, The Royal Slave. A True History (novel) 1688

The Lady's Looking-Glass, to dress herself by; or, The Whole Art of Charming (novel) 1697

Anne Bradstreet

The Tenth Muse (poetry) 1650

Margaret Cavendish

CCXI Sociable Letters (correspondence) 1664

Daniel Defoe

"On the Education of Women" (essay) 1719

Elizabeth I

The Public Speaking of Queen Elizabeth: Selections from Her Official Addresses (addresses) 1951

Mary Evelyn

Mundus Muliebris: Or, the Ladies Dressing-Room Unlock'd, and her Toilette Spread (prose poem) 1690

Cassandra Fedele

Letters and Orations [edited and translated by Diana Robin] (letters and speeches) 2000

James Fordyce

Sermons to a Young Woman (handbook) 1766

Mary Hays

Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous [with Elizabeth Hays] (letters and essays) 1793

Memoirs of Emma Courtney 2 vols. (novel) 1796

Appeal to the Men of Great Britain on the Behalf of the Ladies (essay) 1798

Female Biography: or Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (biographies) 1803

Eliza Haywood

The Female Spectator. 4 vols. (periodical) 1744-46

Charlotte Lennox

The Female Quixote; or, The Adventures of Arabella. 2 vols. (novel) 1752

The Lady's Museum [editor] (essays, prose, poetry) 1760-61

Bathusa Makin

An Essay to Revive the Antient Education of Gentle-women (essay) 1673

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

* Letters of the Right Honorable Lady M—y W—y M—e: Written, during her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, To Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, & c. in Different Parts of Europe. 3 vols. (letters) 1763

Marguerite de Navarre

L'Heptaméron des Nouvelles [Heptameron] (novellas) 1559

Modesta Pozzo (Moderata Fonte)

Il Merito delle donne (novel) 1600; translated as The Worth of Women, 1997

Anne Radcliffe

The Female Advocate; or, An Attempt to Recover the Rights of Women from Male Usurpation (essay) 1799

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Lettres de deux amans, habitans d'une petite ville au pied des Alpes. 6 vols.; also published as La Nouvelle Héloïse (novel) 1761

Du contrat social [The Social Contract] (essay) 1762

Émile, ou l'education. 4 vols. (novel) 1762

Mary Rowlandson

The Soveraignty & Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed; Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Commended by her to all that Desire to Know the Lord's Doings to, and Dealings with Her. Especially to her Dear Children and Relations. [republished as A True History of the Captivity & Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, A Minister's Wife in New-England: Wherein is set forth, The Cruel and Inhumane Usage she underwent amongst the Heathens for Eleven Weeks time: And her Deliverance from them. Written by her own Hand, for her Private Use: and now made public at the earnest Desire of some Friends, for the Benefit of the Afflicted, 1682] (autobiography) 1682

George Savile, Marquis of Halifax

The Lady's New Year's Gift; or, Advice to a Daughter (handbook) 1688

William Shakespeare

Comedy of Errors (play) 1592-94

Romeo and Juliet (play) 1595-96

Twelfth Night (play) 1601-02

Anne Wheathill

A Handfull of Holesome (though Homelie) Hearbs (devotions) 1584

Phillis Wheatley

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (poetry) 1773

Mary Wollstonecraft

Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life (essay) 1787

The Female Reader; or, Miscellaneous-Pieces, in Prose and Verse, Selected from the Best Writers, and Disposed Under Proper Heads; for the Improvement of Young Women [editor] (poetry and essays) 1789

A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Occasioned by His Reflections on the Revolution in France (essay) 1790

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (essay) 1792

Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman: A Posthumous Fragment (unfinished novel) 1799

* This work is commonly referred to as Turkish Embassy


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