This study explores the careers of five influential women writers of the Restoration and 18th and early 19th centuries. Through detailed discussion of the lives and work of Aphra Behn (1640-1689), Delarivier Manley (1663-1724), Charlotte Lennox (1729-1804), Frances Burney (1752-1840), and Maria Edgeworth (1768?-1849), Catherine Gallagher reveals the underlying connections between the increasing prestige of female authorship, the economy and debt, and the rise of the novel.
Catherine Gallagher uses her ambiguous title to make a very clear methodological statement ... Nobody's Story is a story about the rise of the novel. It is a major contribution to feminism;s longstanding project to rewrite Ian Watt's seminal version of that story. * Women: A Cultural Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, '97 * an important, playful and stimulating book ... Gallagher's study takes nothing for granted conceptually * Angela Keane, University of Salford, British Journal for Eighteenth- Century Studies, vol. 20, pt. 1, Spring 1997 * Intricate and carefully evolved readings of a number of now 'key' texts in the study of eighteenth-century fiction form the main body of the text ... More significant, perhaps, than the seriousness and complexity with which these texts are treated is the contribution the book makes overall to both feminist literary history and the study of the novel, providing one of the most convincing arguments yet for the study of the novel, providing one of the most convincing
arguments yet for the necessity for these kinds of analysis to be conducted in tandem. * Ros Ballaster, Mansfield College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLVIII, No. 189, feb '97 * very interesting book ... In this entertaining and thoughtful book, the studies of Burney and Edgeworth are particularly good ... she is wonderfully shrewd and alert. Other readers of novels can learn from her. * The Times Literary Supplement *