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The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

by Eliza Haywood

Availablepaperback$45.00x 978-0-8131-9143-0
Availablecloth$80.00x 978-0-8131-2359-2
Eighteenth-Century Novels by Women
456 pages  Pubdate: 12/09/2005  6 x 9  

The author of over eighty novels, plays, and volumes of poetry, Eliza Haywood is one of the most prolific and high-profile female authors of the eighteenth century. Her last novel, The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy, is original for its unsentimental realism in its depiction of marriage and courtship among the leisure classes of the mid-eighteenth century. In his new introduction, editor John Richetti examines how Haywood’s amusing and engaging prose explores the subtleties of eighteenth-century courtship. Out of print since the early nineteenth century, The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy is now available in an edited and fully annotated modern edition.

A welcome addition to 18th-century surveys as well as courses on the development of the British novel. -- Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer

Provides a short but helpful introduction to Haywood's overall work and to the current volume along with editorial notes and selected bibliography. . . . Recommended. -- Choice

Energetic and sound, Richetti's introduction is clearly written, critically relevant, and eminently useful. -- Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia