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By Eliza Fowler Haywood

Prolific even through eighteenth-century criteria, Eliza Haywood used to be the writer of greater than 80 titles, together with brief fiction, novels, periodicals, performs, poetry, and a political pamphlet for which she was once in short jailed. From her early successes (most particularly Love in extra) to later novels akin to Betsy inconsiderate (her most sensible identified paintings) she remained greatly learn, but sneered at as a 'stupid, notorious, scribbling girl' by way of the likes of fast and Pope. Betsy inconsiderate is the tale of the sluggish metamorphosis of the heroine from inconsiderate coquette to considerate spouse. paradoxically, the main decisive second during this improvement could be while Betsy comes to a decision to go away her emotionally abusive and financially punishing husband; it is just after experiencing independence that she returns to her marriage and to what turns into her husbands deathbed. Betsy inconsiderate could be the first genuine novel of lady improvement in English. during this version the textual content is observed by way of appendices, together with writings from the interval that make clear Haywood's lifestyles and paintings, and on her dating with contemporaries equivalent to Henry Fielding.

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Haywood was acknowledged as author of the popular Virtuous Villager, but not as the author of Anti-Pamela10 (published, as was Shamela, pseudonymously). The irony here represents a complication for critics who characterize Haywood as having two careers, the second of which, as a conservative author of conventionally moralistic fiction, allegedly contrasts sharply with her early novels. Eighteenth-century writer and critic Clara Reeve, for example, spared Haywood the harsh judgement she pronounced on Aphra Behn and Delariviére Manley, because Haywood "repented" of her early sensational fiction (see Appendix D).

9, 1731). A first volume was apparently issued Page 18 two days later, according to information provided by Thomas Lockwood, but the issue has not been located, and no evidence of subsequent volumes exists. 3 (1973): 18492. 10 Even now, Anti-Pamela is often attributed to Haywood only tentatively, for reasons that are not clear. Her authorship is verified by, among others, Alan D. McKillop, who cites the original publisher Cogan's catalogue record of selling the book, "by Mrs. Haywood," to Nourse in 1746.

Page 11 Fielding, in response, subjected Betsy Thoughtless to a mock trial for the crime of Dulness in his Covent Garden Journal (see Appendix C). While allowing for Betsy's technical acquittal, the exchange seems to constitute a battle in what has been characterized as a twenty-year war between Fielding and Haywood. 9 The context of the encounter changes, however, when we consider that Haywood had herself acted in many of Fielding's scandal-shop productions as a regular member of the Little Haymarket company in the 1730s.

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