Love in excess;: or the fatal enquiry, a novel. In three parts. by Haywood, Eliza Fowler, ? Publication date Publisher London: printed for D. The fiction of Eliza Haywood, Penelope Aubin and Elizabeth Singer Rowe has been seen to represent two very different ways of writing novels in the s: the . The Love in Excess Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Eliza Haywood The hero of Haywood’s novel, D’ elmont is painted in a white light of innocence and mind numbing ignorance.

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The middle part in the country houses of D’Elmont and a neighbor, is where the two actual lovers meet and where it seems that Haywood is scratching her head to determine how to circumvent the laws of marriage and yet draw out the suspense of the lovers joining together. Aug 26, Benjy rated it it was ok Shelves: D’Elmont, in the meanwhile, has left to receive his brother, Chevalier Brillian.

On his way he ravishes one woman, whom he mistakenly thinks is writing him love letters, marries the woman who was writing him the letters, but whom one he doesn’t love, and falls in love with his ward. Eliza Haywood — 25 Februaryborn Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, actress and publisher. By book two, I started to get tired of the dramatic love triangles and pages upon pages of men and women arguing as to whether they should sleep together or not.

While Eliza Haywood was a successful writer in her time she was also frowned upon for writing of the true nature of women’s feelings and desires, which then were supposed to be suppressed and only expressed when a man expressed his first. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I did, however, find that it held my attention much better and was more enjoyable to read that most other 18th century novels that I’ve read.


Rendezvous and chance meeting become so utterly “chance” that they defy belief. They learn that Ciamara had poisoned herself out of grief and Violetta’s vengeful father has also died.

There is still ecess double standard in our society that shies away from representing women in this manner. Women are resourceful, though, and one of haywoood main characters finds a way around this custom by sending anonymous letters to her love interest, via one of her servants. You get the impression that the cover of its modern-day equivalent would have Fabio on it.

I haywlod the third book, because basically it was just full of men wanting to University of Saint Thomas’ Graduate English – The Rise of the Novel The beginning of this book, although full of rambling long sentences and hurried paragraphs, was quite addicting, as I would imagine a modern love story to be I don’t really read romances.

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Love in Excess – Second Edition – Broadview Press

Characters that you despised in one part of the book become heroes in others. Sure, the ending was nice and sweet and wrapped up in a bow but unfortunately, this is one book I would hate for another person to read if they end up hate-reading it as much as I did.

Amena discovers Alovisa’s designs for D’Elmont’s affections when D’Elmont mistakenly slips her one of Alovisa’s letters, which results in her begging to be sent hxywood as soon as possible. You get the impression that the cover of its modern-day equivalent would have Eliza Haywood is perhaps best remembered for the caricature Alexander Pope provides exccess her in his satirical poem The Dunciad — Haywood is the prize for the victor of a literal pissing contest.

There were even parts where the characters were saying to eachother how they exxcess sorry that their story was taking too long to tell and that the recipient character of their story was probably getting bored and I thought, YES.

But the novel’s weaknesses are many.

Love in Excess – Second Edition

Perhaps it was the characters, most of whom I found unrelatable to the modern reader and either uninteresting, worrisome or just plain silly. Want to Read saving…. There’s more to say. Jan 23, Ana rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book. So I just finished reading this book today. There really is no substance to this book other than to entertain a ‘s public that don’t have TV or clubs to go to in the evenings. Though the novel isn’t that long I have to confess that at times I struggled to continue reading and I was bored by all the protestations of love.


There are needle-like threads of amatory insight buried beneath this haystack of death, yes, but you’re better off looking for a more digestible yet nonetheless deliberately tacky narrative discussion of the love vs. Unfortunately I could not find a reprinted text online, so had to read off a pdf’d manuscript which, with the lack of paragraphing, modern grammar, spelling and the letter “s” looking like an “f”, made this quite an elongated read.

I wanted to yell to the characters. Bored with the gazillion plot twistswhich eventually lost any spark they could have had being that excexs were too damn many to actually comprehend or make sense of. The list is many for the women who fell for and became smitten with Delmont and each one, more ridiculous than the last.

It is indeed Love in Excess. The other good thing is that there is a surprisingly frank acknowledgment that women can be led by passion as well as men – a somewhat revolutionary acknowledgment which it has taken about years to become commonly accepted.

And there’s a lot more to be said about what sort of story Haywood could tell and circulate. I hate this book from start to finish. Having sworn off women, D’Elmont nonetheless continues to receive romantic attention.