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Georgette Heyer (1902–1974)

Autor(a) de The Grand Sophy

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About the Author

Georgette Heyer was born on August 16, 1902 at Wimbledon, London. She wrote The Black Moth as a story for her brother Boris. Her father, impressed with his daughter's imagination, suggested that she prepare it to be published, which it was by Constable in 1921. Having scored an instant success with mostrar mais The Black Moth at the age of nineteen under her own name, Georgette Heyer, she experimented with a pseudonym, Stella Martin, for her third book, published by Mills & Boon. She continued writing and in 1925 she married Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. After reasonable but not spectacular sales from her first few books the instant success of These Old Shades in 1926 brought her a solid source of income which was very necessary at the time since the family relied to a large extent on the income from Georgette Heyer's writing. She wrote over fifty books during her lifetime and created the Regency England genre of romance novels. She died on July 4, 1974 at the age of 71. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Georgette Heyer

The Grand Sophy (1950) 2,974 cópias
Frederica (1965) 2,396 cópias
These Old Shades (1926) 2,371 cópias
Cotillion (1953) 2,260 cópias
Venetia (1958) 2,162 cópias
Arabella (1949) 2,146 cópias
Devil's Cub (1932) 2,136 cópias
Sylvester (1957) 1,838 cópias
The Convenient Marriage (1934) 1,813 cópias
Lady of Quality (1972) 1,711 cópias
The Nonesuch (1962) 1,702 cópias
Regency Buck (1935) 1,662 cópias
Faro's Daughter (1941) 1,644 cópias
Friday's Child (1944) 1,631 cópias
Black Sheep (1966) 1,624 cópias
The Corinthian (1940) 1,619 cópias
The Black Moth (1921) 1,608 cópias
The Reluctant Widow (1946) 1,574 cópias
The Masqueraders (1928) 1,570 cópias
The Talisman Ring (1936) 1,561 cópias
The Quiet Gentleman (1951) 1,526 cópias
The Unknown Ajax (1959) 1,518 cópias
Bath Tangle (1955) 1,503 cópias
False Colours (1963) 1,465 cópias
A Civil Contract (1961) 1,463 cópias
Sprig Muslin (1956) 1,423 cópias
The Foundling (1948) 1,412 cópias
Cousin Kate (1968) 1,394 cópias
The Toll-Gate (1954) 1,354 cópias
Charity Girl (1970) 1,315 cópias
April Lady (1957) 1,197 cópias
An Infamous Army (1937) 1,181 cópias
Powder and Patch (1923) — Pseudonym, algumas edições1,179 cópias
Why Shoot A Butler? (1933) 1,015 cópias
Footsteps in the Dark (1932) 994 cópias
Beauvallet (1929) 983 cópias
Death in the Stocks (1935) 974 cópias
Envious Casca (1941) 968 cópias
Behold, Here's Poison (1936) 904 cópias
A Blunt Instrument (1938) 871 cópias
They Found Him Dead (1937) 859 cópias
The Unfinished Clue (1934) 837 cópias
The Spanish Bride (1940) 834 cópias
No Wind of Blame (1939) 830 cópias
Pistols for Two (1960) 798 cópias
Detection Unlimited (1953) 778 cópias
Duplicate Death (1951) 750 cópias
Penhallow (1942) 654 cópias
The Conqueror (1931) 630 cópias
My Lord John (1975) 576 cópias
Simon the Coldheart (1925) 568 cópias
Royal Escape (1938) 561 cópias
Snowdrift and Other Stories (2016) 166 cópias
The Great Roxhythe (1923) 110 cópias
Pastel (1929) 60 cópias
Instead of the Thorn (1923) — Pseudonym, algumas edições52 cópias
Helen (1928) 49 cópias
Barren Corn (1930) 46 cópias
April Lady + Pistols for Two (1998) 39 cópias
Venetia [abridged] (2010) 33 cópias
Sylvester [abridged] (2009) 28 cópias
Devil's Cub + False Colours (1966) 21 cópias
Arabella + The Corinthian (2005) 15 cópias
Pursuit [short story] (1939) 9 cópias
Full Moon (Short-Story) (1948) 7 cópias
Runaway Match (Short-Story) (1936) 5 cópias
Georgette Heyer 4 cópias
Georgette Heyer Compendium (1984) 2 cópias
Una ragazza adorabile 1 exemplar(es)
Intrighi al castello 1 exemplar(es)
Devil's Cub + Regency Buck (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Black Sheep + The Grand Sophy (1900) 1 exemplar(es)
Pistols for Two + Hazard 1 exemplar(es)
Pistols for Two [short story] (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
Snowdrift (Short-Story) (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
A Clandestine Affair [short story] (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
Bath Miss (Short-Story) (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
Pink Domino (Short-Story) (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
To Have the Honour (Short-Story) (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
The Duel (Short-Story) (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
Hazard [short story] (1960) 1 exemplar(es)
Fantasmas do Passado 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
The Anthology of Love and Romance (1994) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Suspense, August 1958 [Vol. 1, No. 1] (1958) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
70 Greatest Love Stories in Fiction: Historical Novels Edition (2021) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Heyer, Georgette
Nome de batismo
Rougier, Georgette Heyer
Outros nomes
Martin, Stella
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Causa da morte
lung cancer
Locais de residência
England, UK
Wimbledon, England, UK
Paris, France
Royal College of Music
historical novelist
crime novelist
Oman, Carola (friend)
Rougier, George Ronald (husband)
Heyer, George (father)
Blue Plaque
Pequena biografia
Georgette Heyer wrote meticulously researched historical-romance novels, specializing in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century, and was most famous for her Regency novels. She lived a sheltered childhood and at age 17, created a serial story to amuse her brother Boris, who was ill; their father asked her to prepare it for publication and his agent found a publisher for it -- this became The Black Moth (1921), about a disgraced young aristocrat who becomes a highwayman. According to Georgette Heyer's biographer Jane Aiken Hodge, that first novel contained many of the elements that would become standard for Heyer's works, the "saturnine male lead, the marriage in danger, the extravagant wife, and the group of idle, entertaining young men." Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one detective thriller each year. Her books were highly popular both in the UK and the USA and she remains an enduring international bestseller, read and loved by four generations of readers.



OT: Heyer censored em Folio Society Devotees (Novembro 2023)
Georgette Heyer - Frederica em Folio Society Devotees (Setembro 2023)
Found: Victorian era woman comes into her own em Name that Book (Agosto 2021)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - JUNE 2017 - HEYER & SCHAMA em 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (Outubro 2017)
Read GEORGETTE HEYER in June em 2014 Category Challenge (Julho 2014)
FREDERICA - Group Read - SPOILERS POSSIBLE em 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (Março 2014)
Can't remember the names of these books em Name that Book (Agosto 2013)
Georgette Heyer em Cozy Mysteries (Dezembro 2012)
January 2012: Georgette Heyer em Monthly Author Reads (Março 2012)
Fantasy casting: Frederica em Almack's (Maio 2010)
Heyer Discussion: [Friday's Child] em 75 Books Challenge for 2009 (Fevereiro 2010)
Historicals em Almack's (Janeiro 2010)
Adaptations? em Almack's (Dezembro 2009)
Reluctant Widow film adaptation em Almack's (Dezembro 2009)
Music in Heyer em Almack's (Novembro 2009)
Heyer, No Wind of Blame, rev. jimroberts em Reviews reviewed (Setembro 2009)


Georgette Heyer didn't want this book published. I am glad it did. Other than the medieval language of 'thou' and 'thee' getting in the way, this is a better read than some of her other books. There is love, action, and interesting characters making it an enjoyable quick read.
siok | outras 16 resenhas | Mar 22, 2024 |

This was not a romance novel where I really loved any of the characters, they're all ridiculous (and pretty terrible people). It was very entertaining, however. How come Heyer does so much better at the crossdressing tropes than almost anyone in the hundred years since she wrote this? We have both forced masc AND forced fem (your brother sells you as a servant to a powerful man, he takes you back to his own country where you don't know anyone, and then tells you that he's decided you have to be a girl now, you scream cry and beg and he won't relent, you have to submit, but you can please your Dom employer by learning to be good at being a girl.... someone introduce this woman to fetlife.) Also, Leon's pronouns don't change smoothly - people still mess them up - and s/he refuses to give up pants, fencing, cussing (such as it is), and running around in the woods.

The gay subtext is bursting out of every jot and tittle. Hugh and Justin flirt, Justin's fashion is so far out that everyone else makes fun of him for it, and Rupert declares that he's not at all interested in women. That's of course leaving aside the outrageous flirting and D/s text between Justin and Leon. There's a massive power imbalance on top of the age difference, which Heyer is clearly enjoying too much to moderate.

The bad: Fanny has a slave who's mentioned in YIKES terms for all of two lines and then never appears again (small mercies....). The hero is an attempted rapist, but in a genteel kind of way where he "just" wanted to force the lady to marry him. Everyone is stratospheric levels of classist, including the author, who thinks that Blood Will Out and it's just genetics that some people are fascinated by farming and others are so smart and important and beautiful that they are able to take on the difficult but vital work of going to parties, gambling, wearing insane clothes, and torturing each other socially.

Anyway, I'm off to read some outrageous fanfic!


Wow, I nearly forgot about how mad I was about the "glossary of regency slang" at the back of my edition. a) it's arranged in ten(!) different sections by subject and then loosely by alphabet, so that you have to look at all ten to ensure you didn't miss the word you're looking for. b) YOU DIDN'T MISS THE WORD YOU'RE LOOKING FOR, not a single! solitary!! word!!! in the glossary!! is actually!!! in the text!!!!!!!

I noticed when I actually hit the end of the book that this was just a "sneak peek" at a glossary of regency slang someone else is publishing, and I think I might have to go rate that one star out of spite.
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caedocyon | outras 77 resenhas | Mar 18, 2024 |
Some good fun in this one but also some eh more problematic bullying I didn't particularly like. Not the best of Heyer's novels I've read.
JBD1 | outras 73 resenhas | Mar 8, 2024 |
This is one of my all-time favorite historical novels, and I was overdue for a reread. What could be more fun than a pair of escaped Jacobites hiding in plain sight in London? Not just there, but making a splash in Society, with no one suspecting that the charming Miss Kate Merriot is actually Robin Lacey and her sober brother is his sister Prudence?

The story opens with a bang as "Peter" and "Kate" rescue a young lady from an ill-advised elopement. Their quick thinking was impressive, and I laughed out loud at the confusion they rained down on the head of the frustrated suitor. I loved seeing Robin's immediate protectiveness toward young Letty. It isn't long before another rescuer appears in the form of Sir Anthony Fanshawe, a family friend. Sir Anthony is a large man with a calm disposition, and it was fun to see his reactions to the Merriots and Letty.

I loved watching the Merriots slip effortlessly in London society. Prudence, as Peter, becomes a popular young buck. He makes friends with others his age and participates in the usual activities of such young men. He has also drawn the attention of Sir Anthony, who feels responsible for his well-being. Robin and Prue initially believe that Tony is too "sleepy" to suspect the truth about them. But the more time Prue spends in his company, the more she suspects he's sharper than they thought. I laughed every time Robin referred to him as the "mountain" or "mammoth," suspecting he was in for quite a surprise. There are some great scenes with Prue and Tony as she struggles to maintain the deception. I loved watching their relationship develop as Tony is drawn into their lives.

Meanwhile, as Kate, Robin befriends young Letty, giving her a more mature companion who will hopefully keep her out of trouble. Letty is naïve and irrepressible in her desire for adventure, and it is all Robin can do to try to redirect her antics. But her unlamented suitor hasn't given up on trying to gain her inheritance. It's left to Robin to rescue her again, this time in a most dramatic fashion. However, there are unintended consequences that create problems for Robin and Prudence.

The Merriots' arrival in London was done at their father's direction, whom they call "the old gentleman." They have traveled Europe with him as he moves from one scheme to another. About halfway through the book, he arrives in London claiming to be Viscount Barham, the long-lost brother to the previous viscount. This is unwelcome news to the distant relative who currently holds the title. Robert Tremaine is flamboyant, charming, and gregarious and is hilarious in his antics as the claimant. He delights in his role as a puppet master, pulling the strings of those around him. Prue and Robin have no idea if he really is the viscount or if it is another one of his scams, and can only watch and wait.

The ending is a delightful romp of rescues and revelations, disappearances and reappearances, and a pair of happy-ever-afters. I would love to see this as a movie.
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scoutmomskf | outras 49 resenhas | Mar 7, 2024 |


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