Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Private World of Georgette Heyer

The Private World of Georgette HeyerThe Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who wouldn't want to know more about the author of so many wonderful books? During her lifetime, Heyer refused all interviews and publicity. Her fans know about as much about her personal life as they know of Jane Austen's. (But isn't there a great market for all of that surmising about Jane?)

This biography gives us a picture of Heyer as a dedicated writer and meticulous researcher. The rare instances where she made historical errors usually occurred when she forced herself to complete a manuscript during an illness. Although her Regency era novels are best-known, I enjoyed learning about her love of the medieval period. Throughout her career writing mysteries and romances to keep the Tax Man at bay, as she put it, she kept returning to her ambitious historical novel of Henry V's younger brother, John, Duke of Bedford. The unfinished work was published after her death as My Lord John.

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