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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Qontro Classic Books (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YKG7UU
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,083,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born Cecil William Mercer into a middle class Victorian family with many Victorian skeletons in the closet, including the conviction for embezzlement from a law firm and subsequent suicide of his great-uncle, Yates' parents somehow scraped together enough money to send him to Harrow. The son of a solicitor, he qualified as a barrister whilst still finding timeto contribute stories to the Windsor Magazine. After the first world war hegave up legal work in favour of writing, which had become his great passion, and completed somethirty books. These rangedfrom light- hearted farce to adventure thrillers. For the former, he created the 'Berry' books which established Yates' reputation as a writer of witty, upper-crust romances. For the latter, he created ther character Richard Chandos, who recounts the adventures of Jonah Mansel, a classic gentleman sleuth. As a consequence of his education and experience, Yates' books feature the genteel life, a nostalgic glimpse at Edwardian decadence and a number of swindling solicitors. In his hey day, and as testament to hisfine writing, Dornford Yates' work was placed in the bestseller list. Indeed, 'Berry' is one of the great comic creations of twentieth century fiction; the 'Chandos' titles also beingsuccessfully adapted for television. Along with Sapper and John Buchan, Yates dominated the adventure book market of the inter war years. Finding the English climate utterly unbearable, Yates chose to live in the French Pyrenees for eighteen years, before moving on to Rhodesia where he died in 1960. 'Mr Yates can be recommended to anyone who thinks the British take themselves too seriously.' - Punch 'We appreciate fine writing when we come across it, and a wit that is ageless united to a courtesy that is extinct'-Cyril Connolly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. Vineyard on January 12, 2014
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The charming self satisfied heroes of Dornford Yates Wodehousian tales are at it again, at home and abroad in a fairy tale England and that was --- at least if you had the money, the time, the taste, and the good luck to find it. Yates is a terrible snob, but just enjoy the fun. These books book's define nostalgic charm, and Yates has a magical lyrical and unique way with the English language. No one save maybe Anthony Hope (The Prisoner of Zenda) ever wrote quite like this.

White Ladies and its neighbor houses are as much fantasy today as Middle Earth, but it's a pleasant escape from today's reality.

But I warn you Yates is addictive.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Norman on April 6, 2011
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I don't understand myself. These stories, mostly of high jinks in the English countryside, are grossly overwritten, especially in descriptions of scenery. The protagonists are all perfect gentlemen, apart from their assumption of entitlement and chauvinist superiority, while the ladies are paragons of demure pulchritude. And yet I find them quite delightful in their depiction of a place and time that never was. It's a puzzlement.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude Lambert on August 17, 2013
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The author was about 16 years old when Queen Victoria died and about 26 when Edward VII died, and I think that he regretted that era until his own death in 1960. The book is a collection of old-fashioned pranks in the style of Oxford University. I had friends who talked like that, enjoyed pranks like that, and of course now they are all dead. Similarly, London still had in the 50s and 60s nice gentlemen who had served in India. You would see them drinking heavily in the pubs or the hotels' bars and hear them talk about the Empire. Now they are all gone. Time flies. The best movie about the generation of the author is The Remains of the Day. I prefer this choice because you get another great movie in prime (Sense and Sensibility).
It was a generation where the upper class did not have much of a social conscience, not because they were heartless, but because "it was not done". Conversation should be light and airy with spirited banter.
My heart goes two ways: on one hand I hate the stuff and what it represents. The book is almost unreadable. On the other hand, I can hear the voice of some old friends of mine. If you are interested in the spirit of the period, you should rather try the books of Dorothy Sayers (who was from Oxford as well). Start with Whose Body?: 1 (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) It is well written, there is a mystery, the book is full of people like that and frankly it is in another literary class. It is also at a great price (0.99 today).
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