This is Theodore Hook's first work. He represents the fashionable life mixing fiction, social critique, and meta-fiction in this work.
Esterhammer, A.(2020).Theodore Hook’s Sayings and Doings on the Page and the Stage: “A Curious Matter of Speculation”.In Print and Performance in the 1820s: Improvisation, Speculation, Identity(Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, pp. 112-142). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI:10.1017/9781108656832.005