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Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective

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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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Dana Stabenow
Jul 23, 2013 Dana Stabenow rated it liked it
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.
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,
Kathy Hamilton
Jan 05, 2013 Kathy Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: avid Heyer fans
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!
Sep 08, 2016 Darla rated it it was amazing
A birthday gift from my fella... excellent nighttime reading. This text has 3 unpublished short stories and one essay. Although I think by reading this, my obsession has moved into the unhealthy column.
Jul 14, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing
This is for the fan with an academic bent. The reader who can't get enough of reading about the work in addition to reading the work itself. It was fascinating (and occasionally frustrating) to read these reviews and analysis of Heyer's work.
Jul 10, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Heyer fans
Shelves: nonfiction, regency
This is primarily a collection of articles and reviews of Heyer's work but does include several short stories that are not well known.
Morag Gray
May 09, 2015 Morag Gray rated it liked it
A collection of reviews of and articles about Georgette Heyer's work, but the author does not provide any analysis or criticism of her own. Useful for having the information in one place.
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