Earla Wilputte. Passion and Language in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Aesthetic Sublime in the Work of Eliza Haywood, Aaron Hill, and Martha Fowke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 240 pages. $90.00 Reviewed by Leah Thomas Because little is known about Eliza Haywood, she continues to fascinate scholars. In her Passion and Language in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Aesthetic Sublime in the Work of Eliza Haywood, Aaron Hill, and Martha Fowke, Earla Wilputte asserts "[I]n a very real sense Haywood's identity is a fiction, because such a dearth of biographical detail has not stopped the speculations about her--has not stemmed the creation of fictions about her in an attempt to reassemble some facts about her life" (9). Although Wilputte acknowledges this perspective on Haywood, she attempts to construct Haywood's identity through the fictional writings of Haywood, Hill, and Fowke. Wilputte elucidates how these writers, who made "up the nucleus of the London literary group, the Hillarian circle, from 1720 to 1724--attempt to develop a language for the passions that clearly conveys the deepest felt emotions" (2). Even though she focuses on these three writers, she sets Haywood apart from Hill and Fowke in Haywood's appropriation of Hill's masculine power and in
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