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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There’s really so much to this novel that I think I’ll be picking it apart for months to come, and I can imagine I’ll learn something new every time I re-read it.

Lastly, I’ll simply say that I don’t think the comparison to Jane Austen is necessarily the greatest – I think Tuoughtless exceeds Austen’s writing in every way, but that’s just my personal bias showing through.

Studies in English Literature Backscheider claims that “Haywood’s place in literary history is equally remarkable and as neglected, misunderstood, and misrepresented as her oeuvre” xiii intro drama. Women’s characters were fixed.

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But Eliza Haywood was widely known and eagerly read by Austen’s contemporaries. Idalia; or The Unfortunate Mistress is divided into three parts. Jan 30, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: In previous stories, women pretty much remained as they were, virtuous or villainous, throughout the story.

Trivia About The History of Mi Being a single woman meant, at best, being looked down upon socially. The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless. Fantomina and ‘The History of the Invisible Mistress ‘ “. In the first, Idalia is presented as a young motherless, spoiled, and wonderful Venetian aristocrat whose varied amorous adventures are to carry her over most of Italy. It was thougytless an entertaining and emotional experience – it had almost everything that Thoughless love a Wow.

Though this story is ultimately one of virtue rewarded, there are many subplots that are gender subversive and interesting in feminist terms. In the second part, Henriquez’ brother, Myrtano, succeeds as Idalia’s principal adorer, and she reciprocates his love. No trivia or quizzes yet. Will come back to after. It was like Pride and Prejudice meets Persuasion on steroids.


The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Fowler Haywood

I would love to see this adapted as a mini-series starring Mindy Kaling. One of the writers who was instrumental in developing the novel as an artform, Eliza Fowler Haywood was widely-read in her day, and influenced many famous female and male writers who came after her, like Jane Austen and Fanny Burney, who built upon the work that Haywood had begun in her novels about young unmarried women and the dangers of courtship.

Idalia is taken to Rome first in a convent where she leads a miserable life, persecuted by all the young gallants of the city. Goodman and his new wife, only to discover, about a year later, that her adoptive sister, Miss Flora name ironichas been libeling Betsy via letter in an attempt to destroy her reputation and steal her suitors in a desperate marriage-grab.

Retrieved from ” https: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Even when she meets a man worth marrying, she still doesn’t want to marry.

Already in Venice she is sought by countless suitors, among them the base Florez, whom her father forbids the house. Proof her husband was the living worst: The sea captain pays her crude court, but just in time to save her from his embraces the ship is captured by corsairs commanded by a young married couple.

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Fowler Haywood

She warns her readers to watch out for lies especially lies about fortune and rankand examines, through her secondary female thoughtles, the fate that awaits young women who don’t guard their virginity or their reputation. True, Miss Betsy Thoughtless was a little before Austen’s time — it was published inand Austen was born in Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform.

In the middle novels of her career, women were locked up, tormented and beleaguered by domineering men. Eliza Haywood can rightly be credited for establishing the novel genre. Eliza Haywood and The Female Spectator.

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Haywood also worked on sensational pamphlets on the famous contemporary deaf-mute prophet, Duncan Campbell. Since I don’t really imagine people coming to this book not knowing a bit rhoughtless Haywood or this particular plot, I’m just focusing on the Broadview edition.


In Miss Betsy ThoughtlessBetsy is allowed to be imperfect, and then she is allowed to grow. Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. 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 the plot points, the character archetypes, the scenery, and much of the language of Haywood’s work and dial them up to The Figures Engraved on Wood by T.

This novel asserts that women have some access to power in the social sphere, thouyhtless of the recurring themes in Haywood’s work. It’s actually really good if you’re a fan of Jane Austen I loved your humorous review as I just finished this title as well.

Maddie Darko rated it liked it Apr 11, Miss Betsy Thoughtless is positively addictive, despite or perhaps because of its high-flown language, its broadly-drawn caricatures, and its all too convenient deus ex machina plotlines. Her desirability also repeatedly puts her in danger at of having her virginity violated in 18th century London, it seems, there is a rapist around every corner. Haywood is a significant figure of the 18th century as one of the important founders of the novel in English.

The Parrot apparently earned her questions from the government for political statements about Charles Edward Stuart.

In Patrick Spedding’s A Bibliography of Eliza Haywood, he notes that The Distress’d Orphan; or Love in a Thouvhtless was more “enduringly popular”, “reprinted more often, in larger editions, and remained in print for a longer period, than She loves parties, and balls, and going to plays and operas, and listening to boys tell her how pretty she is.

I thought this one was pretty racy while finding the section pertaining to Trueworth and Miss Flora especially disturbing since the narrator never really chided his character for his fornication.