Introduction:Secret History of Queen Zarah (1705)

From Marteau

Text and page reproductions of the Marteau edition of The Secret History of Queen Zarah follow the first edition as reproduced by Patricia Köster, The Novels of Mary Delariviere Manley, 1-2 (Gainsville, Florida, 1971). The proofreading is not yet completed; the editors appreciate all hints at necessary emendations. Commentary and an introduction will follow.

For a discussion of the preface and its sources see the separate Marteau Edition.


  • Reviewed by: Deutsche Acta Eruditorum, 6/7 (1712), p.539-48/ 578-80.
  • Paulini, Antonio, Curieuses Bücher-Cabinet, 24 (Köln/ Frankfurt, 1714). [This reference needs to be checked.]
  • Sutton, John L. Jr., "The Source of Mrs. Manley’s Preface to Queen Zarah", Modern Philology, 82.2 (1984), 167-172.
  • “Reconsidering the Rise of the Novel”, Special Volume of Eighteenth Century Fiction, vol. 12, No. 2-3 (2000).
  • Herman, Ruth. "Similarities between Delarivier Manley's Secret History of Queen Zarah and the English Translation of Hattigé" Notes and Queries, 47 (245):2 (2000 June), pp. 193-96.
  • Simons, Olaf, Marteaus Europa oder Der Roman, bevor er Literatur wurde (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001).
  • Carnell, Rachel, "More Borrowing from Bellegarde in Delarivier Manley's Queen Zarah and the Zarazians", Notes and Queries, 51 (249):4 (2004 Dec), pp. 377-79.
  • Downie, J. Alan, "What if Delarivier Manley Did Not Write The Secret History of Queen Zarah?", The Library (2004) 5(3):247-264 [1]