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- Publisher: Overlord Publishing (November 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JL61LHG
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Heyer Society – Essays on the Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer Kindle Edition
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Anything on Georgette Heyer is an auto-buy for me. This lovely collection fell unexpectedly into my hands, and I started reading it immediately. I love the respect with which other authors speak of Heyer, and the humour in essays. I like that there are a wide variety of topics. The 'Bath Tangle' in the Social Media Age by Anne-Marie Turenne is a hilarious, five-page summary of the book using social media posts. And What I Owe to Georgette Heyer by Cheryl Bolen is a beautiful little love letter to Heyer. For those who have not read Heyer's complete catalog, there are some spoilers, as to be expected. This is a lovely resource for all fans of Heyer, and is a book that I must own in both electronic and print versions.
-- Critterbee, via NetGalley--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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-Georgette Heyer’s Literary Genius, by Jennifer Kloester
-A Most Excellent Influence: Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, by Susannah Fullarton
-Gambling in Heyer, by Rachel Hyland
-Heyer’s Heirs: What to Read After Georgette, by Amanda Jones
As is usual in anthologies, the quality of the essays vary, and there were a few essays that found me skimming along rather rapidly to the next one. While Heyer is overall the recipient of much praise, there were a few essays critical of the narrowness of her societal scope and the mores of the time in which she wrote. The end of the anthology provides the contributors' favorite and least favorite Heyer titles, heroes, and heroines, a fun walk down memory lane.
This anthology is best appreciated by those who already have experience with the Heyer canon. It is a great companion piece to Jennifer Kloester's must-have work, Georgette Heyer's Regency World.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I spent my whole time going Yes! That's so right! And underlining copious amounts of texts.
Hyland has brought together proven modern Regency romance writers, leading personalities of the Austen society, fans, and those who have made serious doctoral contributions regarding Heyer's influence.
Many of my favorite Heyer books are mentioned and discussed from various angles: Kissing cousins, Favorite fathers, The Grand Sophy: Matchmaker or Master Manipulator, Bath in Heyer's Books, and in various guises one of my faves, Cotillion.
Hyland gives Venetia such a wrap I must go and re read it--again!
Then when you have Cheryl Bolen, Anna Bradley, and Kathleen Baldwin amongst the luminaries who have contributed, well, 'the cup runneth over!'
This is a must have for all Heyer aficionados, and others who would like to investigate amongst other things, Austen's influence on Heyer and Heyer's influence on twenty first century historical romance authors.
A wonderful contribution opening up even more the historical romance genre with a particular nod to the Regency and Georgian milieu, and the complexities involved.
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