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Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective
Fully indexed collection of articles on the popular author's works, addressing such subjects as "'What Fun!' Detection as Diversion"; "Georgette Heyer and the Uses of Regency"; "Cross-Dressing in Wartime: Georgette Heyer's THE CORINTHIAN in its 1940 Context"; "Gendering Places: Georgette Heyer's Cultural Topography," to name only a few.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Prinnyworld Press
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I will say this was enlightening, but it really torques me how all those reviewers consider Heyer such a fluffy read. No one ever wrote better dialogue, or constructed better time machines, and I would match An Infamous Army against any historical novel ever written, up to and including Wolf Hall. So there.
Oct 27, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it
I am glad that there were reprints of her two short stories, Runaway Match and Pursuit; the latter being somewhat similar to another short story of hers. I would have liked more essays critiquing her writing. The reviews of her books varied in interest; some were very short, others were simply a summary of the plot. Nonetheless, I learned a lot about the reception of her books and particularly her role in the development of romance novels in the 1900's,
THIS BOOK SAVED MY LIFE!! Seriously, I wrote about Georgette Heyer for my MA dissertation and I just couldn't have done it without this book. It's basically a compilation of all the articles written about Heyer's fiction, as well as contemporary reviews (which make for a good chuckle) and tons of other really useful information. Whilst I couldn't have done without it, it's probably a book for people on the more avid side of fans!