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March is Women’s History Month, and this month’s episode of The WPHP Monthly Mercury—the tenth and final episode of Season One!—is celebrating women, history, and how women engaged with history as authors, curators, and editors of the genre in the eighteenth century.

The History genre in the WPHP is a complicated one: many of the historical works we have in the WPHP arguably fit better into other genres, such as Juvenile Literature or Political Writing, resulting in a tiny portion of our more than eleven thousand titles being catalogued as histories. In Episode 10, “A Brief and Scandalous History of Delarivier Manley” hosts Kate Moffatt and Kandice Sharren interview a new WPHP collaborator, Dr. Kate Ozment, about the eighteenth-century writer and grifter, Delarivier Manley

Informed by their conversation with Dr. Ozment, Kate and Kandice consider the historical genre during the eighteenth century and what we know of women’s involvement in it—but they also consider how, as editors of The Women’s Print History Project, they are something of ‘historians’ themselves by way of finding, displaying, and sharing women’s histories in print. Read more about our "Women & History Spotlight Series" here


Dr. Kate Ozment is an assistant professor of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research focuses on the rationale and practice of feminist bibliography and in addition to women grifters, she professionally stans women bibliographers, cataloguers, collectors, and librarians. When it’s not a perpetual shelter in place order, she can be found skulking around any library with a copy of Charlotte Charke’s Narrative and a physical card catalogue. During the pandemic, she tends to type around one of two furry tyrants while working through a March Madness bracket of different kinds of tea.



Produced by: Kate Moffatt, Kandice Sharren, and Michelle Levy

Mixed and mastered by: Alexander Kennard

Music by: Ignatius Sancho, “Sweetest Bard”, A Collection of New Songs (1769) from, and played by Kandice Sharren


WPHP Records Referenced

Manley, Delarivier (person, author)

Macaulay, Catharine (person, author)

The History of England (title)

Aikin, Lucy (person, author)

Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth (title)

Hemans, Felicia (person, author)

Records of Woman (title)

Hays, Mary (person, author)

Female Biography (title)

Charke, Charlotte (person, author)

The New Atalantis (title)

The Adventures of Rivella (title)

Behn, Aphra (person, author)

Trotter, Catharine (person, author)

Haywood, Eliza (person)

Edmund Curll (firm)

John Morphew (firm)

James Woodward (firm)

Mary Cooper (firm)


Works Cited

Carnell, Rachel. A Political Biography of Delarivier Manley. Cambridge, Pickering and Chatto, 2014.

Hill, Bridget. "Macaulay [née Sawbridge; other married name Graham], Catharine (1731–1791), historian and political polemicist." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford UP, Accessed 12 March 2021.

Herman, Ruth. The Business of a Woman: The Political Writings of Delarivier Manley. U of Delaware P, 2003.


Further Reading

Bullard, Rebecca, and Rachel Carnel, eds. The Secret History in Literature, 1660-1820. Cambridge UP, 2017.

Hultquist, Aleksondra, and Elizabeth Mathews, eds. New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth Century Literature: Power, Sex, and Text. Routledge, 2019.

Parsons, Nicola. "Reading Secrets of State: Delarivier Manley and the New Atalantis." Reading Gossip in Early Eighteenth-Century England. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2009, pp. 38-68. 


This podcast draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.