Love in Excess


Love in Excess (1719–1720) is Eliza Haywood's best known novel. It details the amorous escapades of Count D'Elmont, a rake who becomes reformed over the course of the novel. Love in Excess was a huge bestseller in its time, going through multiple reissues in the four years following its initial publication.[1] It was once compared in terms of book sales with Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe.[2] This information was revealed to be incorrect, the believed success of this novel is much more marginal, selling only about 6000 copies over 23 years.[3]

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