lineThe Novel

[Manley, Delarivier,]
The Adventures of Rivella (London [E. Curll], 1714).

[Delarivier Manley,] The Adventures of Rivella (London [E. Curll], 1714).

THE| ADVENTURES| OF| RIVELLA;| OR, THE| HISTORY| Of the AUTHOR of the ATALANTIS.| WITH| Secret Memoirs and Characters of several| considerable Persons her Cotemporaries.| [rule]| Deliver'd in a Conversation to the Young| Chevalier D'AUMONT in Sommerset-House| Garden, by Sir CHARLES LOVEMORE.| [rule]| Done into English from the French.| [rule]| LONDON:| Printed in the Year M.DCC.XIV.| Price 2 s. in Sheep, 2 s. 6 d. in Calf's Leather.


frontispiece [D'Aumont and Sir Charles Lovemore at a wall in a garden, background: garden wird stately house, signed: P. LaVerge del. MVdr. Gucht Scul.]/ title page/ p.i-iv »Translator's Preface«; dat.: London, 3.6.1714/ p.[1]-6 »Introduction«/ p.[6]-120 »History of Rivella«/ 8.


*{L: 635.f.11.(1)} *{L: 1419.f.23 [mith manuscript notes by Sir William Musgrave]} {NA:MH: 15493.50.5}.

Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t065369.


Manley, Delarivier (c.1663-1724)


E. Curll, cf. R. Straus (1927), p.227, cf. also the later edition in which Curll openly poses as the editor and see the edition of Jane Barker's Exilius (London E. Curll, 1715)link in which Curll reissued the frontispiece.

History of Publication
a this editionThe Adventures of Rivella (London [E. Curll], 1714). [Reprint: ed. P. Köster (1971), p.729-856.]
b [...] second edition (London, 1715).link
c Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Manley. (Author of the Atalantis.) [...] third edition (London: E. Curll, 1717).link
d [...] third edition (London: J. Roberts, 1717).link
e Mrs. Manley's History of her own Life and Times (1725).

Titel: »History«.


Delarivier Manley's autobiography: The young French diplomat D'Aumont urges Sir Charles Lovemore to give him a portrait of Rivella, the author of the Atalantislink - a portrait which will not ommit a single fact, one which will ultimately increase his love towards the author whose descriptions of love he devoured. The old Sir Charles is in a happy position - he himself is in love with Rivella (but rejected). His reports portray Delarivier Manley attractive beyond the physical charms of a woman and get tedious with a number of stories Sir Charles has to include as the Atalantis has not told them, stories which can prove that Delarivier Manley's character, tainted by a number of rumours, has remained unblemished by the affairs mentioned (a peculiar passage follows on p.100 with Sir Charles justifying these reports). Final scene: D'Aumont fancies the pleasures of Rivella's bed (cf. Atalantis, p.33-38) and conclues that she had to make all these mistakes to learn so much about love. A tedious case of personal white washing.


Anderson, Paul Bunyan, "Delariviere Manley's Prose Fiction", Philological Quarterley, 13 (1934), 168-88.

Anderson, Paul Bunyan, "Mistress Delarivière Manley's Biography", Modern Philology, 33 (1936), 261-78.

Needham, Gwendolyn, "Mary de la Rivière Manley, Tory Defender", Huntington Library Quarterley, 12 (1948/49), 255-89.

Needham, Gwendolyn, "Mrs Manley. An Eighteenth-Century Wife of Bath", Huntington Library Quarterley, 14 (1950/51), 259-85.

Morgan, Fidelis, A Woman of No Character. An Autobiography of Mrs. Manley (London, 1986).

Todd, Janet, "Life after Sex: The Fictional Autobiography of Delarivier Manley", Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15 (1988), p.43-55.

Todd, Janet, The Sign of Angellica. Women, Writing, and Fiction, 1660-1800 (London, 1989).

Gallagher, Catharine, "Political Crimes and Fictional Alibis. The Case of Delarivier Manley", Eighteenth Century Studies, 23 (1990), 502-21.

Olaf Simons, Marteaus Europa oder Der Roman, bevor er Literatur wurde (Amsterdam, 2001).