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Amy @ My Friend Amy

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I really want to read this thanks to you!

priscilla

Fascinating! I just did my Sunday Salon post on this very subject, author bios. It's always interesting to hear about an author's passions as far as her work goes, and especially to hear about when an author suppresses further publishing of popular work.

Cornflower

How interesting! But what happened to her library?

Danielle

Amy--This was a quick, entertaining read, all the more so if you've read a few of her novels. It's always interesting to get a little insight into an author's mind and life!
Priscilla--I will have to go check out your post. I read a memoir of Elizabeth Jane Howard earlier this year, which was excellent. She was almost painfully honest about her life. And I would love to try and get my hand on those other Heyer novels!
Cornflower--Isn't it sad that such a large library was broken up? Hodge never explained, she only said the library was now dispersed. I suppose after she died the family just sold the volumes off. She also had loads of notebooks and cards that contained information/facts she had researched. I think those might still exist.

Kristen M.

This sounds like a really interesting book. I read two of her historical novels and will be reading another later this summer thanks to Sourcebooks and I'm amazed at how well they are researched and written. They have a very authentic feel to them without using language or terms that are too dated to understand. She was very talented as a writer but it's nice to hear that she was also a good wife and mother.

litlove

I read this years ago and loved it. I will be rereading it again for my work on creative mothers - so few seemed to manage art and life, and Heyer certainly did. So glad you enjoyed it!

BooksPlease

I read Heyer's "Detection Unlimited" which I enjoyed - a murder, a spot of blackmail and twists and turns that kept me interested to the end.

I started to read the bio but had to return it to the library unfinished. I want to check it out again one day, especially after reading your review.

Margaret Powling

As I've confessed elsewhere, I've never managed to read a Heyer novel (although I've tried), but I have this biog and absolutly loved it. Perhaps I admire the professional writer, someone who simply gets on with it (no waiting for the muse and all that nonsense) and Miss Heyer certainly got on with it regardless of the fact that what she wrote didn't always appeal to me. However, I'm going to try yet again and have ordered a copy of the book for Cornflower's Reading Group. But please don't anyone be surprised if I give up after a few pages!

Danielle

Kristen--She knows the period well. She certainly did her research and was always very upset when another writer would steal her plots/language. In some ways she seemed very, very traditional. The biography was really interesting and I recommend it highly if you've enjoyed her work.
Litlove--I think I would enjoy rereading this one. I plan on keeping it nearby as I read more of her novels. It will be interesting to compare them to what they and Hodge have to say about them.
BooksPlease--I was very tempted to start one of the mysteries by her that I own, but I alreade have enough books to keep me occupied. Maybe when I finish Talisman Ring! And I totally understand having to return a library book unread! Hopefully you can fit this one in eventually as it was very interesting.
Margaret--She really did just get on with it. I admired how she was able to write so much and every year practically. When she was working on a book she was very professional about it. I enjoy her books, they're nice comfort types of reads, but I know her work isn't for everyone. Maybe the book Cornflower picked will grab you!? :) I hope to read it as well.

Dorothy W.

This book sounds really good! I'm interested in the fact that she was politically and socially conservative -- that doesn't surprise me, really, as I think romances can often be conservative in nature -- about traditional gender roles and maintaining social order. Except that her female characters are often so strong and self-reliant. It would be fun to read this and learn more!

Danielle

Dorothy--This was interesting. In some ways she was very predictable, and very traditional, yet you're right her heroines could be so very independent. I almost wondered where that came from! She was very much a wife--note Mrs. Ronald Rougier, yet she was something to deal with when it came to managing her publishers! It was indeed a fascinating read--especially when you've read a few of her books!

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