The fair triumvirate of wit
Term and Usage
The term was coined by poet-critic Rev. James Sterling in a dedicatory verse to Haywood's Secret Histories, Novels, and Poems, and acknowledges the authors' stature as the three most influential women writers of the time. Subsequent feminist literary criticism has helped restore their work–which includes plays, poetry, novels, and essays–to prominence. As the verse appears in the dedication to Haywood's book, it is perhaps unsurprising that Sterling positions her as the most impressive of the three, writing:
- "Pathetic" here is most likely used in its obsolete sense, meaning "affecting the feeling."
- Kastan, David Scott (2006). The Oxford encyclopedia of British literature. Oxford University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-19-516921-8. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Haywood, Eliza Fowler; Pettit, Alexander; Croskery, Margaret Case; Patchias, Anna C. (1 April 2004). Fantomina and other works. Broadview Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-55111-524-5. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Anderson, Paul Bunyan (February 1936). "Mistress Delariviere Manley's Biography". Modern Philology 33 (3): 261–278. doi:10.1086/388202. ISSN 0026-8232.