Elizabeth Hardwick's iconic essay collectionSeduction and Betrayalis a radical portrait of women and literature, reissuedwith a new introduction by Deborah Levy. Sidelined. Betrayed. Killed off. Elizabeth Hardwick dissects the history of women and literature. In her most virtuoso work of criticism, she explores the lives of theBronties, Woolf, Eliot and Plath; the fate of literary wives such asZelda Fitzgerald and Jane Carlyle;and the destinies of fictional heroines fromRichardson's Clarissa to Ibsen's Nora.With fierce empathy and biting wit, Hardwick mines their childhoods, families, and personalities to probe the costs of sex, love, and marriage. Shattering the barrier between writing and life, she asks who is the seducer and who the seduced; who the victim and who the victor. First published in1974, yet both urgently timely and timeless,Seduction and Betrayalexplodes the conventions of the essay:and the result is nothing less than a reckoning.