Anne Enright: The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2110 words)


Anne Enright’s third novel, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002), is the fictional biography of the 19th-century Irish woman who was the unofficial first lady of Paraguay’s dictator Francisco Solano López before and during the 1864-1870 war against the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Marketed as chick lit and historical romance (see the book covers of various reprints), the novel has been read by critics and reviewers as a richly textured postmodern performance, fragmentary and stylistically daring, accommodating both male and female views of history. Hermione Lee, for instance, has described it as “a rich, flamboyant, mannered book, written with condensed, self-conscious …

Citation: Schneider, Ana-Karina. "The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 December 2018 [, accessed 02 October 2022.]

38919 The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.