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