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Early Women Authors offers works by 34 women authors. It consists chiefly of novels, and includes some poetry and letters, which were published mainly in London, with some published in Dublin. The type of fiction ranges from tragedy to romance, comedy and satire.
Among the authors are Penelope Aubin, Jane Barker, Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood. Novel, as applied to the early 18th century, meant short stories. This short fiction was often published in collections intended for popular consumption.
The large number of women authors in this period testifies to the possibilities for women to earn a living as writers, and to the strength of their contribution to the development of the novel in the early 18th century.