Recent Release Review- Heyer Society: Essays on The Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer


Heyer Society

Title: Heyer Society: Essays on the Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer
Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Rachel Hyland,editor
Publisher: Overlord Publishing, Nov. 27, 2018
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Pages: 176
Rating: 4
Sexy Rating: not applicable
Violence Rating: not applicable
Description from Amazon.com:
Featuring contributions from renowned Heyer biographer Jennifer Kloester, heading up a talented team of Heyer devotees, this far-ranging and thought-provoking collection considers topics as diverse as intimacy, privilege, historical accuracy and contemporary analysis, along with looks at Heyer’s influences, and the many writers – and readers – she continues to influence worldwide.
By turns learned, personal, insightful and irreverent, the dozens of essays herein exult in the unparalleled genius of this true nonpareil.

Including:

1. Georgette Heyer’s Literary Genius, by Jennifer Kloester
2. A Most Excellent Influence – Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, by Susannah Fullarton
3. From Arabella to Venetia – Growing Up with Heyer’s Heroines by Rachel Hyland
4. The Heyer Problem – Privilege in Regency Romance, by Cat Sebastian
5. Marks of Distinction – Heyer’s Mark I and Mark II Heroes by Janga
6. Beauvallet: My First Romance Novel Boyfriend, by Donna Cummings
7. Heyer’s Kissing Cousins, by Ruth Williamson
8. What I Owe to Georgette Heyer, by Cheryl Bolen
9. ‘Bath Tangle’ in the Social Media Age, by Anne-Marie Turenne
10. Fathers in Heyer, by Janet Webb
11. The Grand Sophy: Matchmaker or Master Manipulator? by Jennifer Proffitt
12. Reluctantly Watching ‘The Reluctant Widow’ – Heyer on Film, by Rachel Hyland
13. Splash, Dash and Finesse! – Heyer’s Magical Pen and Indomitable Spirit on Display in ‘The Masqueraders,’ by Kathleen Baldwin
14. Hearing Heyer – How Audiobooks Breed a New Appreciation by Karen Zachary
15. Learning! with Georgette Heyer, by Clara Shipman
16. The Mystery of ‘Penhallow,’ by Madeline Paschen
17. Behind Closed Doors – Sex in Georgette Heyer, by Anna Bradley
18. Reading ‘The Great Roxhythe’ – The Lost Heyer Historical, by Rachel Hyland
19. Beaux, Belles and Black Sheep – Georgette Heyer in Bath, by Kirsten Elliott
20. Coming Back to Heyer – How I Came to Appreciate the Slow Burn, by Megan Osmond
21. The Lost Contemporaries: ‘Helen,’ ‘Pastel,’ ‘Instead of the Thorn’ and ‘Barren Corn,’ by Maura Tan
22. Gambling in Heyer, by Rachel Hyland
23. The Apple and the Tree – Georgette Heyer and the Black Dagger Brotherhood, by Kate Nagy
24. Was Georgette Heyer a Snob, and Does it Matter? by Tabetha Waite
25. Heyer’s Heirs – What to Read After Georgette, by Amanda Jones

Plus our contributors weigh in on their favorite Heyer novels, heroes and heroines, along with their firsts and their worsts.

A must for any Heyer fan!
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Confession time, I have not read a Georgette Heyer book. I accepted this book for review hoping it would encourage me to delve into this renowned author’s work. The answer to that is yes… and no. Yes, because the enthusiasm of these authors is positively catching. No, because I really need to reread these opinion essays AFTER I read Heyer’s novels. If you have read Heyer’s books then I am certain these essays will mean a lot to you and if you are like me, you will be excited about reading Heyer’s romances. Each essay is thoughtful, some literary and some are love letters to the lady and the genre. Many delve into characters and compare them, such as mentions of cousins across the books or siblings relationships to one another. None of the essays are overly long. This book is certainly a must-read for Heyer fans.

 

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4 responses to “Recent Release Review- Heyer Society: Essays on The Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer

  1. Hi Deet! Okay, I had to comment when I read that you have never read a Heyer novel. Ack! For someone who clearly loves historical romances as much as you do, that’s just not right. True, there’s no smut, not a smidgen of it, but there’s plenty of romance. One of my all-time-favorite, cheer-me-up books is Heyer’s THE GRAND SOPHY. I just checked my Kindle, and I own 26 of her novels! Following THE GRAND SOPHY, my other top picks are THE MASQUERADERS and THESE OLD SHADES. I’ve reread these books and more, many times over. It’s such a treat to sink into them. PLEASE try one of her books soon. I think you’ll love it.

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    • Okay, I know, I’m a pseudo HR reader. lol I have The Grand Sophy in the cloud and just put it on my Kindle once again. I promise to read it soon and give one of my most insightful, riveting reviews. I also have 6 other Heyer novels in the cloud. Amazon must have had a blow-out sale or something. It is really good to hear from you, thanks for the recs.

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  2. P.S. from Deet- Rebecca is the reason I have been blogging for these past 7 years. She had a fabulous book blog, had to give it up for personal reasons and I felt abandoned so started my own blog. (Mine not nearly as good, but it kept me reading and writing.) Thanks R.B.!

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  3. Thanks Deet. I just got too lazy to keep it up! I appreciate all your work because it keeps me connected to new romances, and this one about G.H. essays looks fabulous. I put it on my TBR list. I’m also looking forward to your first G.H. review. 🙂

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