A Simple Story

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Broadview Press, May 24, 2007 - Fiction - 442 pages

After its publication in early 1791, A Simple Story was widely read in England and abroad, going into a second edition in March of the same year. The novel’s young heroine, Miss Milner, scandalously declares herself in love with her guardian, Dorriforth, a Catholic priest. Dorriforth returns her love and is released from his vows. Though the pair go on to marry, the second half of the novel reveals the disastrous and far-reaching consequences of Miss Milner’s subsequent adulterous affair.

The critical introduction to this Broadview edition considers such issues as Catholicism, theatricality, the theatre, and the masquerade, while the appendices provide a wide selection of cultural, biographical, and literary contexts for the novel.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
A Brief Chronology
47
Inchbalds Other Writings
343
EighteenthCentury Reception ofA Simple
369
Cultural Contexts
388
Copyright

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Page 18 - But when an adventurer is levelled with the rest of the world, and acts in such scenes of the universal drama, as may be the lot of any other man ; young spectators fix their eyes upon him with closer attention, and hope, by observing his behaviour and success, to regulate their own practices, when they shall be engaged in the like part.

About the author (2007)

Anna Lott is Professor of English and Coordinator of Women’s Studies at the University of North Alabama.

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