Prolific even by eighteenth-century standards, Eliza Haywood was the author of more than eighty titles, including short fiction, novels, periodicals, plays, poetry, and a political pamphlet for which she was briefly jailed. From her early successes (most notably Love in Excess) to later novels such as Betsy Thoughtless (her best known work) she remained widely read, yet sneered at as a ‘stupid, infamous, scribbling woman’ by the likes of Swift and Pope. Betsy Thoughtless is the story of the slow metamorphosis of the heroine from thoughtless coquette to thoughtful wife. Ironically, the most decisive moment in this development may be when Betsy decides to leave her emotionally abusive and financially punishing husband; it is only after experiencing independence that she returns to her marriage and to what becomes her husbands deathbed. Betsy Thoughtless may be the first real novel of female development in English. In this edition the text is accompanied by appendices, including writings from the period that shed light on Haywood’s life and work, and on her relationship with contemporaries such as Henry Fielding.
For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and one thing's for sure - nothing will ever be the same.
Although much of her literary activity was centered in the genre of nonfiction essays, author Helen H. Gardener (the pen name of Alice Chenoweth) also dabbled in fiction, with several of her short stories achieving widespread acclaim. A Thoughtless Yes is a collection of Gardener's best short-form fiction, spanning an array of topics, styles, and themes.
We as humans experience much stress and suffering, yet we aren't really sure why this is so. We guess that our stress and suffering comes from a lack of money, security, loving relationships, a difficult childhood, lack of religious faith, because we suffer from depression or some other sort of chemical deficiency in the brain or a variety of other reasons. But there is another explanation. We suffer because we think too much. We have stress because we are too attached to our thought. Thoughtless will show you why thoughts are the reason behind the stress and suffering that is common to almost all humans and how to do something about it, how to end it. William illustrates how it is possible to allow joy and inner peace to fill your experience of life, by becoming thoughtless.
"LK's book was a true breath of fresh cultural air. There aren't many artists that speak truch in such an eloquent way. LK does that and more...." --Genea P. Johnson "Food for the Thoughtless Minds keeps it real, makes you think, cry, laugh, smile and fall in love all over again." --K.W.