The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless / Edition 1

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless / Edition 1

by Eliza Haywood
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551111470

ISBN-13: 9781551111476

Pub. Date: 05/25/1998

Publisher: Broadview Press

Prolific even by eighteenth-century standards, Eliza Haywood was the author of more than eighty titles, including short fiction, novels, periodicals, plays, poetry, and a political pamphlet for which she was briefly jailed. From her early successes (most notably Love in Excess) to later novels such as Betsy Thoughtless (her best known work) she

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Prolific even by eighteenth-century standards, Eliza Haywood was the author of more than eighty titles, including short fiction, novels, periodicals, plays, poetry, and a political pamphlet for which she was briefly jailed. From her early successes (most notably Love in Excess) to later novels such as Betsy Thoughtless (her best known work) she remained widely read, yet sneered at as a ‘stupid, infamous, scribbling woman’ by the likes of Swift and Pope.

Betsy Thoughtless is the story of the slow metamorphosis of the heroine from thoughtless coquette to thoughtful wife. Ironically, the most decisive moment in this development may be when Betsy decides to leave her emotionally abusive and financially punishing husband; it is only after experiencing independence that she returns to her marriage and to what becomes her husbands deathbed. Betsy Thoughtless may be the first real novel of female development in English. In this edition the text is accompanied by appendices, including writings from the period that shed light on Haywood’s life and work, and on her relationship with contemporaries such as Henry Fielding.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551111476
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
05/25/1998
Series:
Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
731,580
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Note on the Text

Works of Eliza Haywood

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless

Appendix A: Haywood’s First Biographer

Appendix B: Review of Betsy Thoughtless
Monthly Review (1751)
Haywood’s response (from The History of Jenny and Jemmy Jessamy)

Appendix C: Betsy Thoughtless on Trial
Proceedings at the Court of Censorial Enquiry, Etc. (1752)

Appendix D: Reading Haywood in her own century
Clara Reeve, The Progress of Romance (1785)

Appendix E: A Stage Adaptation of Betsy Thoughtless
Robert Hitchcock, The Coquette; or, The Mistakes of the Heart (1777)

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