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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Haywood’s novel was as popular as its contemporary, Robinson Crusoebut its “outrageous” exploration of female sexuality caused the novel to fall into neglect in later more conservative times. Jan 18, Monty Milne rated it it was ok. He attempts to seduce the ward and ends up causing Number 17 of Books you must read before you die.
I was interested to discover that this lovw was wildly popular in its day and curious as to why it faded into obscurity after the author’s death. And the anaemic fare of available criticism on this text suggests many scholars feel the same way. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. The first excwss concludes with a mutual decision by Brillian and D’Elmont to marry the sister-pair Alovisa and Ansellina with love, status, and wealth as motivations for the respective matches.
Love llove Excess was widely read in the s but much of the British literati vehemently dismissed it as trash. Once he is back in the safety of his apartment, D’Elmont is confronted by Melliora’s brother, Frankville, for tarnishing her reputation.
It’s not great, but it’s a good time. Love in Excess by Elixa Fowler Haywood.
The bodice-ripping plot follows the “exstatick ruiner” Count D’Elmont, so pretty that knickers fly like John Woo’s doves in his Panting and misspelled, Love in Excess is easy to roll your eyes at.
Characters that you despised in one part of the book become heroes in others. There was very little to keep me hooked in this one. Melliora secures her own freedom to leave with D’Elmont through an elaborate plot. With the help of Anaret, Amena’s woman servant, two attempts for the pair to meet are made, the second of which sees Amena and D’Elmont alone in the Tuileries at night. This book taught me that chapters are awesome and that I take modern text formatting way too for granted.
This part is where I can finally see some different characterisation of different women, and where some real villans enter. Part the Third commences with the aftermath of Alovisa’s death; D’Elmont ends up in Italy, yearning endlessly for Melliora, while Melliora returns to the monastery where she was educated.
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At times it’s hard to remember that the syrupy sweetness and the highly unlikely impossible coincidences in the book are supposed to be satirical.
Receiving word that Melliora has haywood kidnapped from the monastery, and learning through Violetta of Ciamara and Cittolini’s revenge plot, D’Elmont, Frankville, and Camilla flee Rome, accompanied by Fidelio, who is actually Violetta disguised as a pageboy.
With every passing page, I wanted to stab my eyes out and even rolled my eyes as I turned pages or with new plot twists there were done in an amount of times that is not a compliment to the story or author. This dxcess reading material for a class on 18th century lit. Surely people didn’t actually carry on like this. During the course of their conversation, it is revealed that the Chevalier has fallen in love with Alovisa’s sister Ansellina who resides in Amien.
I really cannot properly express how eye-rolly it made me and how much I wanted it to END. Love in Excess — is Eliza Haywood ‘s best known novel.
Love in Excess
Having sworn off women, D’Elmont nonetheless hatwood to receive romantic attention. Ekiza super corny love relationships and lots of fainting. This is an apparently deliberate device to support the novel’s concerns of interchangeability of particularly female characters, but which complicates readability and drags out the text even longer. All your favorites are here: The first part details the competition between Alovisa and Amena, two upper-class young women of disparate wealth, for D’Elmont’s attentions.
He rejects others, one because she is too forceful and obvious in her passion for him and he eluza it a turn off, and another who while loving him discreetly from afar is no competition for his ward.
Feb 16, Bridgette DeVaney rated it liked it. If you want to explore the complications of love in the 18th century, I recommend this novel!
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Jul 01, Jeff rated it liked it. Amena’s father refuses to allow his daughter to continue meeting with D’Elmont without a proposal of marriage, which forces the pair to meet via subterfuge. Retrieved from ” https: Part the Second deals with D’Elmont’s falling in “true” love with Melliora, a girl entrusted in his care. The behaviour of many of the women in this book just seems so over the top and ridiculous that I had to take a step back and say The novels that we’re told to consider “great” are all so terrified of female desire and sexuality that they have to cover up the fact that they’re actually talking about those things with an elaborate, stifling system of metaphor.
Sep 06, SharieCrimson rated it really liked it Shelves: Like Ciamara, who exclaims, Is this an hour to preach of virtue? Just, y’know, roll ’em with respect. This book is the first of a writer particularly successful in her era, when the literary genre we call novel made its first steps.
Oct 25, Candy rated it it was amazing. And then there’s the never-ending web of familial and romantic relationships that double back and cross over each other so much that you need a scorecard at some points to keep up with who’s related to whom and who’s in love with whom. It details the amorous escapades of Count D’Elmont, a rake who becomes reformed over the course of the novel.
View all 8 comments. A climax scene leads to the death of the Baron and Alovisa and D’Elmont’s self-exile. Characters, in my first two experiences with the 18th century English novel which is a course I’m currently takingare completely and utterly without depth. Jan 27, lindy rated it liked it Shelves: If u can get past the 17th century writing, it’s a really good book. 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 of her in his satirical poem The Dunciad — Haywood is the prize for the victor of a literal pissing contest.
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Feb 10, Samantha rated it liked it. Safe to say it was probably quite scandalous for it’s time, especially as the blurb points out, since it depicts not only the lust of men, but also, and perhaps especially of women.