A short list of the names of some of Ned Wards pamphlets, as listed below, is a delight in itself – the first on the list is especially intriguing – and I’ll be looking to learn more myself about this colourful character.
Female Policy Detected, or, The Arts of a Designing Woman Laid Open (1695)
Sot’s Paradise (1698)
The Weekly Comedy, as it is Dayly Acted at most Coffee-Houses in London (1699)
A Journey to Hell (1700–1705)
The Dissenting Hypocrite (1704)
Honesty in Distress but Relieved by No Party (1705)
Hubibras Redivivus (twelve monthly parts, 1705–1707) – the bitter attack on the Whig government that led to Ward being put in the pillory
The Wooden World Dissected (1706) – a controversial account of the Royal Navy ( see extract above)
Mars Stript of his Armour (1708)
The Secret History of Clubs (1709) – which contains one of the first descriptions of the gay scene in London.
A Vade Mecum for Malt-Worms (1715)
The Delights of the Bottle (1720)
A man who thought up titles like these must have been entertaining to know – though not if one was to become the target of his satire!
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