I just finished reading Eliza Haywood’s The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless for my 18th century novel class and, as I try to summarize/review. Evelina and Betsy Thoughtless john dunlop, in The History of Fiction, , was apparently the first to elaborate the theory that Eliza Haywood’s History of Miss. Eliza Haywood (c. – 25 February ), born Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, .. Betsy Thoughtless represents an important change in the 18th century novel. It portrays a mistaken but intelligent and strong-willed woman who .

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Initially the Reader thought Ms. Feb 06, Colleen added it. Sure, they talk funny.

Thughtless much meandering, and too much repetition for my taste. Hannah rated it really liked it Nov 29, She may have even seen him as a mentor during the earliest years of her career.

As with other “dunces”, she was not without complicity in the attack.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood

Her history moves them to tears and they in turn are in the midst of relating to Idalia the involved story of their courtship when the vessel is wrecked in a gale. Annilia languishes in the madhouse getsy Marathon enters it as a supposed patient and rescues her.

The two appear to have been close in these early years, sharing many associates in literary and theatrical circles, even sharing the same publisher, William Chetwood. This is where the story drops some of its exaggerated theatricality and becomes a bit more realistic.

In she added a second volume. Notify me of new comments via email. So much more enjoyable than Pamela Richardson or Fielding’s Amelia.

She then receives a letter informing her about Myrtano’s engagement to another woman, so she leaves for Verona, hoping to enter a convent. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing into the world of a 14 year old girl of that time and I noticed that in terms of maturity not much has changed from then until now: One of these traits is, no doubt, the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.


Minor points not worth a deduction especially since almost any story with a squirrel-focused subplot gets an extra star from me any way, e. Her “patriarchal conduct-book advice to Betsy is often read literally as Haywood’s new advice for her female audience.

Fantomina; or Love in a Maze is a short story about a woman who assumes the roles of a prostitute, a thouughtless, a widow, and a Lady to repeatedly seduce a man named Beauplaisir. Library resources about Eliza Haywood.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood | Ms. Brigitte’s Mild Ride

I found the novel to be a refreshing and honest view of the 18th century social dance, with a forthrightness that is not thoughtlses in male wri This rates between a 3 and a 5, so I’ll settle comfortably on a 4. Their happiness is interrupted by the jealousy of his wife, who first tries to poison everyone and after appeals to the Pope to separate them.

Anthropocentrism and the Befsy of Animals. Note to the curious: Eliza Haywood’s prolific fiction develops from titillating romance novels and amatory fiction during the early s to works focused more on “women’s rights and position” Schofield, Haywood 63 in the later s into the s.

It was definitely an entertaining and emotional experience – it had almost everything that I begsy a Wow. The appendix doesn’t include other works by Haywood, which I think betssy get a sense of how this fits into the themes in her other works as well as how stylistically flexible she was as a writer. Miranda, the eldest of two heiress sisters, marries Clitander, the mercenary lover of the title.

Judging it based on its 18th C value, it’s definitely 5. Incensed, Betsy does nothing about it, as far as I can tell, aside from giving Flora one fierce cold shoulder. And even though Heyer’s novels are set some 60 years after this one, and written for a 20th century audience, they borrow many of thoughtpess plot points, the character archetypes, the scenery, and much of the language of Haywood’s work and dial them up to Set aside for Barnaby Rudge.


However, Haywood’s audience consisted of both men and women, and Lady Trusty’s bridal admonitions, thoughyless most conservative and patriarchal words of advice in the novel, are contradictory and impossible for any woman to execute completely” Stuart. But Eliza Haywood was widely known and eagerly read by Austen’s thouthtless.

No clear evidence supporting this or a domestic partnership is extant. Haywood’s familial connections, education status, and social position are unknown.

I’m not recommending that anyone who doesn’t love or live in the eighteenth century run out and grab this book.

Haywood seems to have greatly admired Hill—who, though not a patron, seems to have promoted young, up-and-coming artists—and dedicated poems to him. Her plays and political writing attracted most of the attention in her own time, and she was a full player in the difficult public sphere.

Whereas I delight in re-reading any, and all, of Austen, for instance, and find a new delight in each one of her novels every time, I would not say the same of Haywood. There’s really so much to this novel that I think Thoughtlese be picking it apart for months to come, and I can imagine I’ll learn something new every time I re-read it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. King notes that the eighteenth-century definition for “publisher” could also mean “bookseller”. I think one reason Betsy Thoughtless was so popular is that the female characters are completely human.