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The Injur'd Husband and Lasselia

The Injur'd Husband and Lasselia

Eliza Haywood
Jerry C. Beasley Editor
Copyright Date: 1999
Pages: 208
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    The Injur'd Husband and Lasselia
    Book Description:

    Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756) was one of the first women in England to earn a living writing fiction. Her early tales of amorous intrigue, sometimes based on real people, were exceedingly popular though controversial. Haywood, along with her contemporary Daniel Defoe, did more than any other writer to create a market for fiction in the period just prior to the emergence of Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Tobias Smollett, the dominant novelists of the mid-eighteenth century.

    The scheming, sexually predatory anti-heroine ofThe Injur'd Husbandis a memorable villain who defies all expectations of a woman's conduct in marriage. The heroine ofLasseliais initially a model of virtue who bravely resists the advances of a king, only to be driven by her passion and desire into an illicit affair with a married man and ultimately into ruin. These two provocative narratives strikingly represent Haywood's extraordinary contribution to the development of the novel.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5787-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. vi-vi)
  4. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. ix-xxxviii)

    The facts of Eliza Haywood’s life, and to some extent those of her career, have always been frustratingly elusive for a writer so prolific and so popular as she was, and their elusiveness has caused nearly everyone who has attempted to chronicle them to fall into numerous errors—a situation that has begun to change only during the last few years.¹ Haywood herself bears a primary responsibility for the general failure of those who have tried to tell her story to get it right. According to her very first biographer, David Erskine Baker, she deliberately suppressed much of what a...

  6. Chronology of Events in Eliza Haywood’s Life
    (pp. xxxix-xlii)
  7. Note on the Texts
    (pp. xliii-xliv)
  8. The Injur’d Husband; or, the Mistaken Resentment. A NOVEL.
    (pp. 1-102)
    Mrs. Eliza Haywood

    The Vicissitude of all human Affairs is so absolutely necessary to give Mankind a true Notion of themselves, that he whoseemsmost fix’d in Happiness, and fenc’d from every Blast of adverse Fate, sooner or later, is generally led by some unavoidable Impulse to quit his Haven of Peace, and share the Storm in common with those born under less auspicious Influences. The BaronDe Tortillée, till he was about the Age of Fifty, had pass’d his Time in a perfect Tranquility; and tho’ the Sweetness of his Disposition made him commiserate, and, to the utmost of his Power,...

  9. LASSELIA: or, the Self-Abandon’d. A NOVEL.
    (pp. 103-150)
    Mrs. Eliza Haywood

    Never was a Court more resplendent with Beautys, than that ofFrance, in the Reign of their late MonarchLewisXIV.⁵ That Prince, in spite of his Ambition, found room for Love, nor could the incessant Hurry of his other Affairs deprive him of the Pleasures of Gallantry. He was for ever engag’d in some Amour: one Desire no sooner sicken’d, than another kindled in his Soul. But of all that had the power to charm him, none ever maintain’d a more absolute Dominion, than Madamde Montespan;⁶ and if it was not so lasting as that of the celebrated...

  10. Notes to the Novels
    (pp. 151-158)
  11. Select Bibliography
    (pp. 159-164)