Love in excess: or, the fatal enquiry, a novel. In three parts. By Mrs. Eliza Haywood. The sixth edition.

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London : printed for D. Browne, jun.; and S. Chapman, 1725. [10],279,[1]p. ; 12°

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By Lindsay (Washington, DC) · ★★★☆☆ · February 19, 2009
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. The loser receives a chamber pot, though it's clear that Pope didn't see a huge difference between th... ...more
By Marcelle (Canada) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 29, 2007
I hate this book from start to finish. I still can't believe I had to read it for class, and not a single lecture addressed the violent sexual terrorization the main character afflicts on his ward, a young adolscent girl. Instead the lectures focused on his "love" for her, and explaining the qual... ...more
By Lyall · ★★☆☆☆ · April 19, 2012
This book sucks. Don't read it. It's almost worth avoiding classes which prescribe it. The language is about as dense and tangled as Count D'elmont's pubic hair, and what's worse is that the often self-conscious narrative style makes no attempt to be succinct. This is an apparently deliberate dev... ...more
By Olivia (Shelby, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · July 02, 2014
I just finished reading Part the First of Love in Excess. This novel takes a lot of intense focus (or at least it did for me) because of the 18th century language and spelling. I did, however, find that it held my attention much better and was more enjoyable to read that most other 18th century n... ...more
By Julianne (Canberra, 01, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 14, 2014
Number 17 of 1001 Books you must read before you die. Eliza Haywood's book was one of the most popular novels in its day, competing with Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. It tells the story of Count D'Elmont and his quest for romantic and fulfilling love. On his way he ravishes one woman, whom he mistaken... ...more
By Valerie (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 22, 2010
What I learned by reading "Love in Excess" by Eliza Haywood:

Ultimately, that I am going to hate the 18th century English novel.

Characters, in my first two experiences with the 18th century English novel (which is a course I'm currently taking), are completely and utterly without depth. They serve... ...more
By Bex (Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 27, 2009
So I just finished reading this book today.
This was reading material for a class on 18th century lit. 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. Upon reading it, I came to the conclusion that it... ...more
By April (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 14, 2013
University of Saint Thomas' Graduate English - The Rise of the Novel

The beginning of this book, although full of rambling long sentences and hurried paragraphs, was quite addicting, as I would imagine a modern love story to be (I don't really read romances).

By book two, I started to get tired of... ...more
By Monty (The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 18, 2015
I came to this shortly after reading "The Princess of Cleves", and groaned inwardly at the thought of another dreary 18th century soap opera of simpering heroines and bodice-ripping French aristos...but Mrs Haywood is much more readable than dreary old Madame La Fayette. There is plenty of excite... ...more
By Arria (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 03, 2014
Gawd damn, I hated this book. 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.

There were even parts where the characters were saying to ea... ...more