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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It’s not great, but it’s a good time. If you want to explore the complications of love in the 18th century, I recommend this novel!

I found the epistolary form, with all its windows across time and space delightful. It was written by a woman and shows women who have excesss own sexual agendas.

Love in excess; : or the fatal enquiry, a novel. In three parts.

No side stories, no decent friendships, no outward plot growth. Jan 27, lindy rated it liked it Shelves: I didn’t care much for D’Elmont and his cavalier attitude, but I suppose that’s the point of lkve story.

Should I marry for love or should I marry to create a strategic partnership that will benefit my family? Published June 12th by Broadview Lovve Inc first published I was interested to discover that this book was wildly popular in its day and curious as to why it faded into obscurity after the author’s death.

They learn that Ciamara had poisoned herself out of grief and Violetta’s vengeful father has also died. The list is many for eliz women who fell for and became smitten with Delmont and each one, more ridiculous than the last. Jan 26, Cheri rated it it was ok Shelves: But it was tremendously influential. The book is entirely about desire, and how men are able excesz follow their desires without consequence, and if women chose to follow their desires they are branded as whores.


Love in Excess by Eliza Fowler Haywood

Once he is hayeood in the safety of his apartment, D’Elmont is confronted by Melliora’s brother, Frankville, for tarnishing her reputation. And then there’s the never-ending web of familial and romantic relationships that double back and c As I read this book, I went back excese forth between really liking it, and really At the first sight of “the matchless Melliora”, his “impregnable” heart “surrendered”.

It would be delightful if I never had to happen upon a sex scene more graphic than what was written here. The poems flatter Haywood’s narrative skills and her ability to present “the power of physical and emotional love”.

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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, excess also, and perhaps especially of women. Apr 15, Lyall rated it it was ok. So what do you say to that? A work of amatory fictionLove in Excess offers many models of female desire, and ultimately articulates the earlyth century “cultural shift toward a companionate model of marriage.

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Jan 18, Monty Milne rated it it was ok. There is still a double standard in our society that shies away from representing women in this manner. The heroine view spoiler [ Melliora hide spoiler ] never gives in fully to her passions due to her sense of propriety and honor. I wanted to ln to the characters. And despite a heavy romantic layer, there are some real proto-feminist kernels in this text. The novel would take about years to catch up to some of what Haywood was doing.


Later, D’Elmont intervenes to rescue a stranger from certain death, killing a masked bravo, or “hired murderer”, and narrowly escaping with his own life. Count D’elmont is so attractive women–all women–lose their minds, burn all social bridges, swoon, rip off their clothes, die of love sickness at his sight.

They serve no purpose. It is indeed Love in Excess.

Perhaps it was the characters, most of whom I found unrelatable to the modern reader and either uninteresting, worrisome or just plain silly. With no exception for any of the charactersbut I’ll take that over the details of them having sex. Panting and misspelled, Love in Excess is easy to roll your eyes at.

A climax scene leads to the death of the Baron and Alovisa and D’Elmont’s self-exile. When Part Three introduces a whole new batch of characters to excessively love, you’re likely to feel a little bit fatigued.