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The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

Eliza Haywood
Edited by John Richetti
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 456
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    The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy
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    The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy, originally published as three volumes in 1753, is the last work by the prolific English novelist Eliza Haywood. Out of print since the early nineteenth century and never available in an edited and fully-annotated modern edition such as this, Haywood's novel is an important early example of the sentimental novel of domestic manners. In its depiction of marriage and courtship among the leisure class of the mid-eighteenth century, Haywood's novel is remarkable for its unsentimental realism.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-7187-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. vii-xxxvi)

    In terms of sheer production of narrative prose fiction among eighteenth-century British writers, no one (not even Defoe) can rival Eliza Fowler Haywood (1693–1756). She burst onto the publishing scene as a novelist in her late twenties with the spectacular success of her three-part romance,Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Inquiry(1719–1720), which in the next few years was with Defoe’sRobinson Crusoeand Swift’sGulliver’s Travelsone of the three most popular narratives of the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Very little, however, is known for certain about her birth and her early years...

  4. Chronology
    (pp. xxxvii-xli)
  5. Note on the Text
    (pp. xlii-xlii)
  6. The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

    • Volume I
      (pp. 3-130)

      Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy, were originally descended from two male branches of the same family, as it may be reasonably supposed, they both being of the same name, and having the same escutchion;—but to trace how far the relationship between them was removed, would require much time and trouble in examining old records, memorandums, and church registers, and cost more than the acquisition would be worth, as it could not be found any way material to the history.

      It shall therefore suffice to say, that Jemmy was the only son of a gentleman of a competent estate, and Jenny...

    • Volume II
      (pp. 131-258)

      There are so many secret windings, such obscure recesses in the human mind, that it is very difficult, if not wholly impossible, for speculation to arrive at the real spring or first mover of any action whatsoever.

      How indeed should it be otherwise, as the most virtuous and the most vicious propensities of nature are frequently in a more or less degree lodged and blended together in the same composition, and both equally under the influence of a thousand different passions, which disguise and vary the face of their operations, so as not to be distinguish’d even by the persons...

    • Volume III
      (pp. 259-396)

      How much soever Jemmy was taken up on going to bed, with the thoughts of when and where he should meet his mistress, according to her desire, he did not forget next morning an appointment he had made to breakfast with a gentleman, in order to look over some curiosities that had been brought from Rome at the last jubilee.¹

      In his way thither, as he was passing by the door of a great Mercer,² he was surprised with the sight of Lady Hardy starting out upon him, and before he had time to speak, or indeed to think whether...

  7. Notes to the Novels
    (pp. 397-410)
  8. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 411-412)