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The Corinthian

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  4,637 ratings  ·  282 reviews

When Sir Richard Wyndham, an accomplished Corinthian, comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realise his own escape.

Behind lovely Penelope Creed was the lavish life of a brilliant London heiress, and a proposed marriage to a man she loathed. Ahead, tantalizing, was the shimmering dream...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Arrow (first published 1940)
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This was a fun screwball comedy of a romance. That bumped my rating up to 4 stars. Pen and her "uncle" Richard make a great team.

I want to add that this is one of Heyer's stories where having a glossary would definitely have been a plus. The slang the thieves used went past me for the most part.
Second Heyer I read, and much better then Faro's Daughter IMO. Pen was a very delightful heroine, and I felt Heyer did a much better job developing the budding romance between Pen and Richard then she did with the main characters in Faro's Daughter.

The plot was engaging and well maintained throughout the book, full of the types of adventures you'd expect to find in a regency (i.e. struggles against marriages of convenience, a bored yet lonely dandy, a girl disguised as a boy). I did have a bit o...more
Curiously, I did not enjoy this novel as much as I had expected to. I really really liked it, but I didn't get the same kind of satisfactory and awesome feeling I got after reading "The Black Moth" and "Powder and Patch" by the same author. The story, although good, seemed too unbelievable, which made the characters appear awkward as a whole, though I loved them individually. Sir Richard was a perfect, Heyer-typical hero and I thought the character of Penelope to be vastly entertaining. She was...more
One of my favorite Heyers. It involves the urbane, cultured hero-young, unconventional heroine combination, and its done very well here. Penelope Creed literally falls into Richard Wyndham's life late one night, determined to run away from an oppressive marriage to a creepy cousin to find shelter with an old friend of hers. Richard decides to run away with her, as there is a marriage of his own he would like to escape. Hijinx in the form of cross-dressing, escaped criminals, mistaken identity an...more
This has a fun opening scene, but it's not one of the better Heyers. It's neither a touching romance nor a satisfying madcap adventure. There is some improbably successful cross-dressing, and the age difference between the hero and heroine is a little extreme. I prefer Heyer's older heroines.
I have previously heard Georgette Heyer described as the “Queen of Regency Romance”, and after having read The Corinthian, I am now fully convinced that this is indeed the case. This is the fourth novel of Georgette Heyer’s that I have encountered… and incidentally the first one I’ve encountered in paperback. Thus this particular novel proved that I do (as I had thought) greatly enjoy Ms Heyer’s delightful stories; and that it wasn’t only because Richard Armitage narrated the three other stories...more
Though I wasn't initially engaged with the rather drawn-out and verbose beginning, I quickly found myself hooked into one of Heyer's most madcap adventures of those I have read (on par, or even more outrageous than The Grand Sophy). Despite the convoluted plot and rather tenuous role of chance threading its way through the novel, I enjoyed myself immensely.

The two main characters are wonderfully written, with more believable motives and character arcs than the otherwise fantastic story would see...more
The Corinthian, ironically, had made little and immense impact upon me when I first read it a few years ago. Whilst I didn’t rate it as one of her better novels and swiftly forgot its plot, it has this wonderful and memorable ”Let them look.” moment that I always associate with Heyer’s regency romances… Little and immense indeed!

Heyer is the only author I’ve discovered who can stand, for me, on par with the Austen classics and, whilst this isn’t one of my favourites (These Old Shades, Regency Bu...more
After re-reading this, I've decided that The Corinthianis one of my top-tier favorite Georgette Heyers. Sir Richard Wyndham is one of Heyer's perfectly formed, well-bred, fashion sense-gifted, wealthy heroes who is tired of his life. Sir Richard has just resigned himself to the marriage his family is pushing him into when he runs into young Penelope Creed, a friendly, talkative heiress, who is literally running away from the marriage her own family is forcing on her. Sir Richard decides to help...more
As always, I love Georgette Heyer. This is a much less audacious novel than These Old Shades and I enjoyed it less, probably because I felt like it was simpler - and the characters were somewhat more standard. That said, it's probably technically the better book of the two. Heyer truly is the mistress of the period romance novel.

Also, it's enjoyable to recognize that she definitely has a heroine type, and that her heroes are often attracted to specifically manly or boyish women. There are freque...more
Nov 04, 2013 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school and up
Shelves: 2013
I can't fathom why none of Georgette Heyer's books have been put to screen. Her dialogue is so vivid that I read it in my head with different voices, inflections, and even dramatic pauses. Her witty, natural banter makes it impossible not to do so. "The Corinthian" is one of her best for vivid dialogue even though the plot is very much like her other books; but since I can't seem to get enough of Heyer, then I'm okay with that.
Both Richard Wyndham and Penelope Creed are pressured by their relatives to find a spouse, and a chance meeting out of a window leads them to run away together. Through adventures with Bow Street Runners and stolen diamonds, the two fall in love. This is classic Heyer, complete with urbane, sarcastic hero and sprightly, empathic heroine.
I've been really enjoying Heyer's work lately, and this one is no exception.
let me go ahead and get to the point. I loved Pen & Richard.

even when I love a book, for me it's almost easier to say what i enjoyed less.
(which is not much.) I know that Pen is only 17, and honestly the age difference did not bother me one bit, but certain scenes I thought maybe she acted too childish. Yet it went with the story I think most of the time but it bothered me when she met again her childhood best frie...more
Olga Godim
This book is a treasure trove of laughter. It should be used in laugh therapy.
Sir Richard Wyndham is a twenty-nine-year-old Corinthian – wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored with his untroubled, aristocratic existence. He boxes like a champion, drives his horses like an Apollo, and dresses to the nines.
He has only one gripe: his mother and sister keep accosting him to get married. He doesn’t wish to, so he drowns his gloom in brandy. Later, after getting ultimately drunk, he w...more
Jenny Jones
The Corinthian, as with The Nonesuch, and Faro's Daughter (currently reading) presents the heroine as rebellious to the accepted behavior of the time. Their choices though come out of a desire to take care of their needs, rather than an arrogance or disdain of society. It is this determined self-sufficiency that endears the men of the story to the women. The men all appear to be rich, successful bachelors in their mid 30's who have become bored with life, bored with the woman, and especially the...more
So I really need to pace myself when it comes to Georgette Heyer books. It really doesn't take me very long at all to read through one. I've read all of her regency romances before, so when I do read them, it's usually to revisit one I've liked in the past. I have to admit that I'd forgotten how much I liked this one. Pen Creed is such a hilarious character. She's young enough to be able to pull off innocent, yet she's enough of an individual to take the world at her own speed. Sir Richard turns...more
I’ve read this book before but it wasn’t one I’ve gone back and re-read. So, when I came to listen to the audio book, I had completely forgotten the story. I was surprised by how much fun it is! The basic storyline is that impetuous heiress (Pen Creed) runs away from home to escape being forced into a marriage with her cousin. She literally falls into the arms of a rather drunk hero, Sir Richard Wyndham, who is also rich and being maneuvered into a marriage he doesn’t particularly want. While in...more
This book was wonderful. It reminded me of the British farces my sister and I used to go see growing up. Pen's madcap "adventures" were hilarious, as were the convoluted lies she seemed willing to spew at the drop of a hat. It was great seeing her draw out Sir Richard's true character as something of an adventurer himself, and their misunderstood kiss was the perfect ending. I was so glad that Piers turned out to be such an idiot. It was also very funny to see Pen's reaction to Lydia. Her commen...more
In a lot of Heyers, the young girl with crazy schemes is someone that the main characters have to deal with, to reign them in and keep their hairbrained scheme from making a mess of everything. However, in this book when Penelope Creed decides to dress as a boy and run away from home, our Hero...facing an unwanted engagement of his own, and three sheets to the wind...decides that running away is a fantastic idea.

And there begins a story full of hijinks, humor, and a charming romance. My only com...more
K.V. Taylor
Really, it's only a three star book-- but having gulped down a lot of Heyer by this time, I'm really pleased with this one because the main characters are just different enough, in just the ways I wanted them to be, that I loved them both way too much. Pen is of course a headstrong young thing and Richard is of course a well dressed older rich guy, but they're both so completely sweet I couldn't even be annoyed. Also, I laughed from beginning to end, which is a little bit appalling considering h...more
TBR Challenge 2011- This has been on my TBR list for several years. I was able to find it on audio narrated by the great Eve Matheson.

The Corinthian reminds me of Cotillion in tone (not in plot). It's a delightful book, especially in audio. Eve Matheson does a wonderful job with all the characters. I made time to iron, fold clothes, and even clean bathrooms over the past few days in order to get extra time to finish listening to this audiobook.
¡Me encanto! Muy bien escrito, sumamente fidedigno... ¡incluso habían detalles de la Regencia que desconocía (y eso que he investigado bastante sobre el tema)! Los personajes muy bien construidos, siempre se mantuvieron fieles a su esencia, pero aun así hubo una leve evolución (la historia sucede en cuatro días, no podían haber cambios 'radicales') en ellos. Narrada con un humor... sencillamente exquisito (a mi gusto, adoro lo irónico...) Una buena opción de lectura y ahora no quiero más que seg...more
Sep 14, 2007 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
This is the first Georgette Heyer book I've ever picked up, surprisingly. Very fun, great dialogue, good period slang. This is a classic romp through the British countryside, with a lady in disguise as a lad, a dark sardonic lord, and various relatives, criminals, and secondary characters also haring about in pursuit of various things (jewels, lost nieces, eloping couples.) The plot is fun, the main characters are sympathetic enough, but the real reasons to read this are the witty repartee and t...more
A drunken Sir Richard Wyndham, contemplating his expected offer for the cold, heartless Melissa Brandon on the morrow (goodness, how this writing style infects you), runs into 17-year-old Penelope Creed, who is running away from relatives who are pressing her to marry her fishfaced cousin. They set off cross-country to meet the boy Pen wanted to marry 5 years ago, and become embroiled in a robbery, a murder, an elopement, and (naturally) love.

What fun.
The ending was kind of bland and out of nowhere: any change in feelings of one character towards another happened in the last couple of chapters. It looked like they were bound together simply by rules of the genre.

"Only _they_ are perfectly serious about it, and they do not care a fig for _our_ sufferings!"

"'She dropped out of a window into my arms, Ceddie.'
'She dropped out of... give me some more burgundy!'"
Sherwood Smith
One of Heyer's cross-dressing tales, mixed with a murder mystery in a Regency-era country setting. The hero is typical Heyer, with somewhat less charm than usual, though the heroine is fun, and there are some nifty, comical side characters. Also, the B romance is comical.
"Tell me quickly, how does a person look depraved? Do I look depraved?"

"Not in the least. The best you can hope for is to look sulky."

Madcap adventures! Very funny, with likable characters. Light on the romance aspect.

I loved it and was only sad it was too short (one of her shortest at 240 pages).

Although the heroine was just 17, she was delightful and funny and I fell in love with her myself.

This is one of Heyer's best comedies, IMO.
G.G. Vandagriff
As usual, Ms. Heyer takes my mind off the twenty-first century and has me laughing out loud. She is like custard when you're sick. Wonderfully life-affirming, delightfully witty, and just plain fun
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“Sir Richard sighed. "Rid yourself of the notion that I cherish any villainous designs upon your person," he said. "I imagine I might well be your father. How old are you?"

"I am turned seventeen."

"Well, I am nearly thirty," said Sir Richard.

Miss Creed worked this out. "You couldn't possibly be my father!"

"I am far too drunk to solve arithmetical problems. Let it suffice that I have not the slightest intention of making love to you.”
“I see now that there is a great deal in what Aunt Almeria says. She considers that there are terrible pitfalls in Society."

Sir Richard shook his head sadly. "Alas, too true!"

"And vice," said Pen awfully. "Profligacy, and extravagance, you know."

"I know."

She picked up her knife and fork again. "It must be very exciting," she said enviously.”
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