First published in 1944, Dragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in 1946. A classic gothic romance, the story features an 18-year-old Miranda Wells who falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master. Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and...more
A mix between the Gothic ambiance of Du Maurier’s famous Manderley and Brönte’s Byronic Mr. Rochester that works phenomenally for fans of Victorian fiction.
Seyton knows perfectly well what her readers expect when they enter the sinuous darkness of her novels. A fair, gullible farmgirl; a seductive, mysterious nobleman and an impressive mansion, quaint during ...more
Dragonwyck is a Gothic romance set in Connecticut in a magnificent house on the banks of the Hudson. I very much enjoyed the historical facts including the steam boats on the river, anti rent riots and the Astor Place massacre. That last item I had never heard of before and it made ...more
I plucked this off my mother's shelf in, oh let's say 1973-ish (before reading Green Darkness, anyway). She quirked an eyebrow at the choice, but (as was her habit) made no demur to the borrowing. I'd had some, well, sulphrous things to say about Taylor Caldwell. The term "snoozer biddy" might have been bandied about. However much I was unimpressed by later forays into these 40s icons of sudsy historical (loosely) fiction, I was captivated by this read. ...more
Dragonwyck is the story of Miranda Wells, a farm girl in upstate New York with dreams of a luxurious life she can never hope ...more
So many feels with this book. In this story you follow Miranda Wells. When we first meet her she is an 18 year old farm girl living with her family when one day they receive a letter from a distant relative on her Mother's side inviting one of her family's daughters to come stay with them and assist them with their young daughter Katrine.
Miranda is a young woman who wants more for herself. In a world where at her age she needs to be looking for suitors to settle down, her family mistakes ...more
There are so many reasons I love this fascinating "missing link" from the romance novel family tree. I love the unique setting, upstate New York in the 1840's. Not an hour from where I grew up! I love the author's voice, so cynical and worldly wise yet full of tender sympathy for innocent Miranda. Most of all, I love the darkness and the sense that a happy ending is *not* guaranteed.
Miranda Wells is a bit clueless ...more
Imagine that you had a book that was a hybrid of Poe, Dumaurier and something earth shatteringly romantic while being unpredictable that all the time you have a terrible dread that something is going to go very wrong.
Dragonwyck was written in the 1940’s and it was positioned as a love story. I’m not one to give spoilers but I found the characters and storyline to be so well developed that I was ...more
It is a book in the same vein as Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, though not quite as richly written. A young, simple, poor girl falls in love with a handsome, rich, ...more
The movie follows the book very closely until about mid-way through. The movie puts more weight on the ghostly singing and playing from the Red Room and on the Dutch patroon chair. It also makes ...more
"What a horrible thing for her to say—she was crazy then, poor thing?"
"Crazy with fear and misery, p’tite. A tropic flower cannot live without sun. A soul cannot live without love.'"
Miranda, Dragonwyck's heroine, is a character very near and dear to my heart; mostly because she is not unlike myself. Or rather, she reminds me much of my past self. She is naive, yes, but it is not from a lack of intelligence. Quite the contrary: it is her romantic heart that wins against her educated mind. “I’ve ...more
Dragonwyck follows in the tradition of Jane Eyre and Rebecca as far as plot and tone are concerned. Farm girl Miranda is catapulted into high society when her wealthy cousin Nicholas van Ryn employs her as a governess. Like Seton's later, historical heroine, Katherine Swynford, ...more
5 star writing skills
3 star enjoyment
Rounded off to 4 stars
In a nutshell, a country girl has high aspirations and jumps at the chance to leave the farm for an extended visit at her cousin Nicholas' vast estate. (I thought Miranda was much like Hettie from Adam Bede ) Of course, she doesn't know her cousin Nicholas at all; nor does she understand why his corpulent wife, Johanna would rather bury herself in teacakes ...more
First of all, it is in the atmosphere of a gothic story. But it isn't "too much gothic" so someone like me (I mean, someone who isn't a fan of the gothic story) isn't bored. I confess I was even sucked a little in this atmosphere ;-) Anya Seton wrote in the way that I felt like I was been with characters, like I was felt fear with them.
"In after years Miranda knew ...more
Suggested Age: Adult (trigger warnings for spousal abuse)
What is this Book About?: It's 1844, and Miranda Wells is 18 and ready to see the world. The life of a farm-girl holds no appeal for her. So when a letter comes from a mysterious cousin (incidentally, no relation by blood) inviting her to come and live at his estate, Dragonwyck, and to occasionally serve as a teacher to his six-year old daughter, it seems like a dream come true. And meeting Nicholas Van Ryn, she is ...more
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Published in the 1940s and set one hundred years earlier, this is the story of Miranda Wells, the daughter of a New York State farmer who is taken up by a rich second cousin and taken to his gothic home (complete with ghost) where she innocently falls for the master despite ...more
Ann Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She was the daughter of English-born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin ...more