Author Biography

Margaret France teaches English at Yakima Valley College. She is currently writing a book about the animated sitcom, Bob's Burgers.


In 1759, an anonymous twenty-two year-old woman placed an advertisement for a husband in the London Daily Advertiser that inspired an unusual sequel: a pamphlet purporting to collect her responses. Exploring the context of this woman's actions and the letters themselves reveals attitudes regarding matrimony and the dangers of virtual social networks that feel surprisingly contemporary.


marriage, dating, courtship, Sarah Scott, Samuel Richardson, epistolary novels