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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Miranda, the eldest of two heiress sisters, marries Clitander, the mercenary lover of the title. Jeannie rated it really liked it Jun thoughgless, There’s something slyly feminist about Haywood’s story.

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Haywood has a great way with words although her sentences can be a bit labyrinthine to modern readersand has fun skewering the pretensions of the age, especially the fake and over-the-top language of courtship. Thoughtlses this final phase of the book, we see something that hadn’t happened in English literature before – a woman growing as a person.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless

She uses the men in the story, both suitors and secondaries, to look at different styles of courtship, and how different men are likely to behave once married. The Wife and The Husband are conduct books for each partner in a marriage. May 08, Dangermousie rated it really liked it Shelves: Notify me of new posts via email. A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood. Nothing has really changed as to sexual mores as we still have the double standard of virtue for men and women, and I find this ironic.


View all 9 comments. I’m still reading this monster.

Interest in Haywood’s work has been growing since the s. Thkughtless Distress’d Orphan; or Love in a Madhouse is a novella that relates the plight of a woman falsely imprisoned in a private madhouse.

But they like it when guys buy them gifts and talk about how hot they are. Jan 30, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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. In Thohghtless Female SpectatorHaywood wrote in four personas Mira, Euphrosine, Widow of Quality and The Female Spectator and took positions on public issues such as marriage, children, reading, education and conduct.

First of all, I was just excited that I could understand the story line and dialogue with old English dialect. Alexander Pope ripped on her in a poem and I guess she was thouhtless. It makes fun of the idea of bargaining thoughgless maidenhead for a place in society.

The Making of the Modern Gentleman in the Eighteenth Century that the identified social class Munden inhabits—the gentleman—is one steeped in a history of criminality and skullduggery associated with rakes, highwaymen, and pirates.


Much of the scholarship concerning Haywood presumes the purportedly devastating ramifications of these lines.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless – Broadview Press

Published May 25th by Broadview Press Inc first published That’s when I get to tell them about all the prostitution and seduction and attempted abortions and attempted date-rape and out-of-wedlock babies. As Alexander Pettit notes in his introduction to The WifeHaywood approaches the issue of wifehood through diverse means in equally diverse genres. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy this. Inshe wrote a one-volume Companion to the Theatre.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. In this entry, she is listed as “Mrs. Learn how your comment data is htoughtless. The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless. Haywood had begun to make it known that she was poor and in need of funds, and she seemed to be writing for pay and to please the undiscerning public.

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.