British Fiction, 18001829

HOLCROFT, Frances. Wife and the Lover, The (1813)

Contemporary Reviews

Critical Review, 5th ser. 1 (Apr 1815): 423.

Generally speaking, our best novelists are females. Miss Holcroft, in this essay, does not class with the higher order, but certainly soars above mediocrity. Her narrative is without plot; but not without interest. The language is chaste, and so is the moral. The character of Mrs. Tabitha Wormwood, a proud, supercilious sprig of fashion, envious, censorious, and malignant, is well drawn and true to nature.

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 3 vols 12mo; no price Publisher: Colburn. Date of publication given as 1815.

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