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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It is certain that without Haywood, Jane Austen, and all of the novels that followed her, would not exist. Set aside for Barnaby Rudge. Described as “prolific even by the standards of thoughtldss prolific age”, Haywood wrote and published over seventy works during her lifetime including fiction, drama, translations, poetry, conduct literature and periodicals.

This birth date is extrapolated from a combination of her death date and her stated age at the time of her death as Haywood died on 25 February and obituaries notices list her age as sixty years old. Learn how your comment data is processed. This is a relatively invariable trend in Pope scholarship.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Others, such as James Thomson and Henry Brookewere also writing such “patriotic” which is to say in support of the Patriot Whigs plays at the time, tyoughtless Henry Carey was soon to satirise the failed promise of George II. In The Dunciad, the book sellers race each other to reach Eliza, and their reward will be all of her books and her company.

The Wife and The Husband are conduct books for each thoughyless in a marriage. During the second half of the s, Haywood continued acting, and she moved over to the Haymarket Theatre to join with Henry Fielding in the opposition plays of the s.


Being 15, she’s bewitched by all the attention, and it quickly turns her into a rather vain and rather mean person. Even though Alexander Pope made her a centerpoint in the heroic games of The Dunciad in Book II—she thouhtless, in Pope’s view, “vacuous”—he does not dismiss her for being a woman, but for having nothing of her own to say.

I’m not sure when this edition came on in relation to the other Broadview editions of Haywood, but if there was a revised one, it seems like excerpt from those texts would fit well here. Library resources about Eliza Haywood.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood

Instead of concerning itself with attracting a partner well, Betsy Thoughtless is concerned with marrying well, and its heroine learns that giving way to the role of women in marriage can be fulfilling. Other accounts from the period, however, suggest that her “friends” rejected Pope’s scandalous depiction of her; they maintained that she had been deserted by her husband and left to raise their children alone.

As with most editions from this publisher, the pieces in the appendix bftsy well-chosen, especially the dialogue excerpted from Clara Reeve’s The Progress of Romance praising Haywood. Published May 25th by Broadview Press Inc first published Betsy is not, so far, super tempting, but perhaps that’s in foil to the Dickens I’m also currently reading–who can compare?

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Fowler Haywood

Alejandra rated it liked it Nov 10, Quotes from The History of Mi One suitor, who is Florez’s friend, Don Ferdinand, resigns his suit, but Idalia’s vanity is piqued at the loss of an even a single adorer, and more from perverseness than from love she continues to correspond with him.

Jan 14, Kay rated it really liked it. View all 9 comments. This rates between a 3 and a 5, so I’ll settle comfortably on a 4.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Fowler Haywood

I finished reading for an 18th century Women’s writers course. Trueworth, one of her many suitors. I loved your humorous review as I just finished this title as well. This was an enunciation of a change by Haywood herself away from any Tory, or anti-Walpolean, causes that she had supported previously, and it did not go unnoticed by her contemporaries.


Apparently, that person felt loyal enough to Haywood to honor her request. Eliza Haywood was active in politics during her entire career, although she had a party change around the time of the reconciliation of George II with Robert Walpole.

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tjoughtless In Betsy’s, her friend the aptly named Miss Forward has an affair with the guy all summer, and only stops, regretfully, when he leaves town. Goodman dies shortly thereafter. Notify me of new posts via email. Jan 14, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was fun that the publishers of this edition left all the original spelling.

She has a unique way of telling an extremely long thooughtless but still making each page engaging to the reader. These women don’t want to get married right away, because partying and flirting all night is fine if you’re a single woman but What A Ho territory once you have a husband.

In previous stories, women pretty much remained as they were, virtuous or villainous, throughout the story. Alexander Pettit and Christine Blouch.

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.