Mary Davys (1529 words)

  • Martha F. Bowden (Kennesaw State University )

Mary Davys is best known for her contribution to the early development of the novel in English. Her three best works, The Reform’d Coquet, Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady, and The Accomplish’d Rake, are distinctive for their adroit formal structure and witty dialogue. She was conscious of the need for form in fiction, notable in a period when the novel was often episodic rather than structured. As she explains in the Preface to her collected works:

I have in every Novel propos’d one entire Scheme or Plot, and the other Adventures are only incident or collateral to it; which is the great Rule prescribed by the Criticks, not only in Tragedy and other Heroick Poems, but i…

Citation:
Bowden, Martha F.. "Mary Davys". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1166, accessed 05 December 2016.]

Articles on Davys' works

  1. Familiar Letters betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady
  2. Miscellaneous Works
  3. Plays
  4. The Accomplish'd Rake, Or Modern Fine Gentleman
  5. The Fugitive
  6. The Merry Wanderer
  7. The Reform'd Coquet