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Book Review: Heyer Society ed by Rachel Hyland

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 07:00
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This collection wasn’t entirely what I was expecting, so I’m trying to evaluate it for what it is rather than what I thought it would be. For the most part, it’s a collection of “why I like Georgette Heyer” essays--studies of a favorite book or motif, reminiscences of the context of reading, that sort of thing. A few of the essays are more in line with what I thought I was getting: analytical scholarly studies of Heyer’s work. Cat Sebastien’s “The Heyer Problem - A History of Privilege”, Rachel Hyland’s dissection of the non-romance (or is it?) The Great Roxhythe, and Kirsten Elliott’s comparison of the Bath of Heyer’s novels and the actual Bath of their settings -- all these stood out for me as excellent and thoughtful pieces. If you’re a Heyer fan yourself and want a very readable collection of other people’s thoughts on her work, check this out.

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