Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective

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This reference book, obviously an incredible labor of love, is a treasure trove for the Heyer fan. The author has collected a wide range of Heyer resources including six short published pieces, the full text of reviews of her books from 1921 to 1997, obituaries, articles and excerpts from books relating to Heyer (ranging from a section of Germain Greer’s The Female Eunuch to a scholarly essay entitled “Gendering Places: Georgette Heyer’s Cultural Topography”), and information on dramatizations of her works, with reviews. Also included are lists of her books chronologically and alphabetically, and an index. The scope of the materials includes both Heyer’s regencies and her mysteries, as well as the unexpected: one of the pieces included is Heyer’s short 1929 essay, “The Horned Beast of Africa,” about a rhinoceros!

While this isn’t the type of book that one (except perhaps the most avid Heyer fan) would read straight through, it is the perfect companion when reading her novels. The author and the publisher are to be commended for this publication.

 

 

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