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The Private World of Georgette Heyerby Jane Hodge
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The Georgette Heyer bible...This is a must-have book for any Georgette Heyer lover.
An internationally bestselling phenomenon and queen of the Regency romance, Georgette Heyer is one of the most beloved historical novelists of our time. She wrote more than fifty novels, yet her private life was inaccessible to any but her nearest friends and relatives.
Lavishly illustrated and with access to private papers, correspondence and family archives, this classic biography opens a window into Georgette Heyer's world and that of her most memorable characters, revealing a formidable, energetic woman with an impeccable sense of style and, beyond everything, a love for all things Regency.
One of the most beautiful books I know. Time and time again, on reading this book, I found myself breaking off to lift another dog-eared Heyer from the shelf and lose myself in the increased pleasure of a re-reading.
-Washington Post Book World
"In a competent and thorough portrait of the writer at work (first published in the U.K. in 1984), Hodge covers the life of Georgette Heyer (1902 — 1974), a bestselling but intensely private author of historical romance novels. Through a close reading of the British writer's oeuvre and voluminous correspondence with publishers as well as interviews with friends and family, an image emerges of a shy, stylish but formidable woman who 'loathed pretentiousness, hypocrisy, and self-deception,' was a stickler for manners, morals, and historical accuracy, and who admired and emulated Jane Austen's unromantic, ironic style. Her career was launched when she was only 19 with the successful publication of The Black Moth, and Heyer became the breadwinner for her mother and two younger brothers after the early death of her father as well as the chief wage earner in her long, happy marriage to barrister Ronald Rougier. If her books never received critical acclaim during her lifetime, says Hodge, her elegant romantic comedy had fans among dons, lawyers, high-powered businessmen, and critics and novelists like A.S. Byatt. This book may entice readers to explore Heyer's novels (some of which have been reissued by Sourcebooks). Illus. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Georgette Heyer was obsessed with privacy, but Jane Aiken Hodge had access to her remaining papers and was the first biographer able to interview many of her family and friends. Published for the first time in the U.S., this biography tracks Heyer's career from teenage writer to world-wide household name.
One of the most beautiful books I know. Time and time again, on reading this book, I found myself breaking off to lift another dogeared Heyer from the shelf and lose myself in the increased pleasure of a re-reading.
-Washington Post Book World
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