Love in Excess – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2000
  • ISBN: 9781551113678 / 1551113678
  • 296 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Love in Excess – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: June 12, 2000
  • ISBN: 9781551113678 / 1551113678
  • 296 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Eliza Haywood (1693-1756) was one of the most successful writers of her time; indeed, the two most popular English novels in the early eighteenth-century were Robinson Crusoe and Haywood’s first novel, Love in Excess. As this edition enables modern readers to discover, its enormous success is easy to understand. Love in Excess is a well crafted novel in which the claims of love and ambition are pursued through multiple storylines until the heroine engineers a melodramatic conclusion.

Haywood’s frankness about female sexuality may explain the later neglect of Love in Excess. (In contrast, her accomplished domestic novel, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, has remained available.) Love in Excess and its reception provide a lively and valuable record of the challenge that female desire posed to social decorum.

For the second Broadview edition, the appendix of eighteenth-century responses to Haywood has been considerably expanded.


“This readable edition of Haywood’s blockbuster novel (with Oakleaf’s lively, highly informed introduction and clear judicious textual notes) is an important addition to our understanding of the history of the English novel.” — Paula Backscheider, Auburn University

A Note on the Text
Eliza Haywood: A Brief Chronology

Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry

  • Bookseller’s Dedication
  • Part the First
  • Part the Second
  • The Third and Last Part

Appendix: Some Eighteenth-Century Responses to Eliza Haywood

  1. Anonymous
    Verses Wrote in the Blank Leaf of Mrs. Haywood’s Novel (1722)
  2. Richard Savage
    1. To Mrs. Eliza Haywood, on Her Novel, called The Rash Resolve (1724)
    2. From The Authors of the Town; A Satire (1725)
  3. Anonymous letter from The Ladies Journal
    (Dublin, 1727)
  4. Jonathan Swift
    Corinna (1728)
  5. Alexander Pope
    From The Dunciad, Variorum. With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus (1729)
  6. James Sterling
    To Mrs. Eliza Haywood on Her Writings (1732)
  7. William Rufus Chetwood
    From A General History of the Stage; (More Particularly
    the Irish Theatre) From its Origin in Greece down to the
    Present Time. With the Memoirs of the Principal Performers,
    that have appeared on the Dublin Stage in the Last Fifty Years

    (Dublin, 1749)
  8. David Erskine Baker
    From Biographica Dramatica; or, A Companion to the
  9. Clara Reeve
    From The Progress of Romance, through Times, Countries,
    Manners; with Remarks on the Good and Bad Effects of It,
    on Them Respectively; in a Course of Evening
    , “Evening VII”

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David Oakleaf teaches in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He specializes in fiction, from Eliza Haywood and Jonathan Swift to Laurence Sterne and Frances Burney.