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This collection of early works by Eliza Haywood includes the well-known novella Fantomina (1725) along with three other short, highly engaging Haywood works: The Tea-Table (1725), Reflections on the Various Effects of Love (1726), and Love-Letters on All Occasions (1730). In these writings, Haywood arouses the vicarious experience of erotic love while exploring the ethical and social issues evoked by sexual passion.
This Broadview edition includes an introduction that focuses on Haywood’s life and career and on the status of prose fiction in the early eighteenth century. Also included are appendices of contextual materials from the period comprising writings by Haywood on female conduct, eighteenth-century pornography (from Venus in the Cloister), and a source text (Nahum Tate’s A Present for the Ladies).
Eliza Haywood: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze
The Tea-Table: or, A Conversation between Some Polite Persons of Both Sexes
Reflections on the Various Effects of Love
Love-Letters on All Occasions
Appendix A: Haywood on Female Conduct
1. A Present for a Servant-Maid (1743)
2. The Female Spectator (1744-46)
Appendix B: Eighteenth-Century Pornography: Jean Barrin(?),
Venus in the Cloister; or, the Nun in Her Smock (1724)
Appendix C: A Source for Reflections on the Various Effects of Love:
Nahum Tate, A Present for the Ladies: Being an Historical Account of Several Illustrious Persons of the Female Sex (1692)