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[900] Fri 10 Feb 2012, 17:43

- Jane Sharka -

from:
United States


Contact: Jane Sharka
I read my 1st Heyer book while in graduate library school in 1973. From the first book I was hooked and have collected all her regency novels...and keep reading them over and over. Other authors pale in comparison. Thanks for this website!
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[894] Tue 7 Feb 2012, 05:00

- Clare -

from:
United Kingdom


Contact: Clare
Very happy to find the site - I've been a Heyer fan since I was a teenager - great comfort reading!

I'm checking in with you to see whether there's still a mystery surrounding her use of the phrase 'Cheltenham tragedy' - i.e. did she make this up, or if not, where did she find it?

This may be covered in the new biography, which I haven't read yet - if not, I think I have the solution. I'm currently helping produce an ebook version of the 'Memoirs' of the Regency courtesan Harriette Wilson for girlebooks. She uses it there, when talking about one of her young admirers:

"I mean to have that young gentleman confined
to a madhouse," said I, "if he conducts himself in such a strange way again as he did last Saturday; throwing himself on his knees in my box, and acting his Cheltenham-tragedies at the opera." [vol.i p.186 of the 1909 edition, which is online at the Internet Archive www.archive.org/stream/memoirsofharriet027693mbp#page/n199/mode/2up/se arch/cheltenham ]

I would certainly expect Heyer to have read these Memoirs, given HW's lively style and high-flying contacts - she was the mistress of the Duke of Wellington at one point, leading to his famous comment to 'publish and be damned' when she tried to blackmail him about the appearance of these memoirs. Heyer may well have picked up other phrases from them too, I suspect - for instance HW calls someone else 'the greatest beast in nature', which I certainly recall as a Heyer insult!

I'd be happy for you to publish this information on the website, if it's new, but am posting a private comment first because I wanted to check with you that a) this is an appropriate place for its publication and b) I would get a credit for its discovery.
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Reply by Webmaster »

Hi Clare, that's really great information - in fact, I didn't even know that Harriette Wilson's memoirs were fully available online -- a wonderful resource! Thanks for the info, Sally.

[856] Sun 22 Jan 2012, 14:53

- Jeanne -

from:
Sri Lanka


Contact: Jeanne
I have been reading Heyer books from my teen years and I so loved them all! She made the regency days come alive ..... you could just see them - smart horse drawn carriages, handsome young lords & earls in tight pantaloons & waistcoats, pretty delicate ladies in lace trimmed muslin dresses & matching bonnets taking the air ... smelling salts and all! And the language - the humour, the wit, the sarcasm! She is the best! I think my all time favourite is "Regency Buck".
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[855] Sat 14 Jan 2012, 20:01

- Anu -

from:
United States


Contact: Anu
I have been reading books by Georgette Heyer since I was 12 and I think she is among the best authors that ever happened to me (along with Wodehouse and Sheridan). The thing that amazes me to this day, is people seem to fall into 2 clear groups to me - those who 'get' GH, and those who don't. The former, of course, think GHs are 'just romances', and these folks invariably are also somewhat lacking in the 'sense of humor' department. Thank god the latter group is still around too!
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[854] Sat 7 Jan 2012, 14:12

- Julia -

from:
Australia


Contact: Julia
My mother gave me Frederica to read when I was home from school sick when I was 13 and I've never looked back! Has anyone found any author that come close to Georgette Heyer? I've tried a few other regency authors but no-one can match her wit or originality
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[853] Tue 3 Jan 2012, 21:14

- Abigail -

from:
Australia


Contact: Abigail
Hi there - I have just read my first Georgette Heyer book - Frederica and am now onto Arabella. I am enjoying them immensely!
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[852] Sat 31 Dec 2011, 18:22

- Donna Gnann -

from:
United States


Contact: Donna Gnann
My Georgette Heyer books are old friends, I read them often whenever I need a smile. I have several favorites, These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, The Tallisman Ring, Civil Contract to name a few....but realy all of her works are just as good. I just bought False Colours, I love those Fancott Twins and their Mother, in the new printing but I too love the old covers and actually have framed some of the "very regency" looking ones. They are on my bed room wall. I also just bought Jennifer Kloester's book as a reference. Georgette has been my very favorite for so many of my 67 years and I have all of her works in one printing or another, however these new larger books will be treasures to pass on to my grandchildren, whom I have introduced to my wonderful Georgette. Thank you
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[851] Fri 16 Dec 2011, 13:14

- Anna Sarkissian -

from:
United States


Contact: Anna Sarkissian
I am so happy the website is running again :)
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[850] Wed 5 Oct 2011, 09:53

- Margaret -

from:
United Kingdom


Contact: Margaret
The new biography is now on Kindle on Amazon.co.uk from 6th October 2011 apparently. It wasn't on offer when I ordered the hardcover edition which, hopefully, I will receive tomorrow.
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[849] Sat 17 Sep 2011, 08:10

- Anne -

from:
Australia


Contact: Anne
I recently read that the reason they don't make GH movies is because its not in the public domain like Jane Austen & Bronte Sisters' books are. Also, movie makers are not interested because costume dramas are expensive and usually do not generate sufficient profit to the make the exercise worthwhile. They feel that Georgette Heyer is not sufficiently well known to be able to make a profit from a movie based on her books. There are online petitions that are attempting to disprove this theory. Given that this website is the first point of contact every time I search for GH, would you consider putting an online petition on your website? Of course, if it succeeds I hope that they will stay true to GH's books unlike that atrocious "Reluctant Widow" movie. On a different note, I recently introduced a friend to GH. She now averages two of GH's books a week. I have been a GH fan since my teens and regularly read excerpts of her books.
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[848] Tue 6 Sep 2011, 11:11

- Petra -

from:
Netherlands


Contact: Petra
I've also caught the GH bug!
I was wondering if anyone has the last chapter of Powder and Patch that was removed in 1930? I'm very curious as to the alternative ending.
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[847] Tue 6 Sep 2011, 09:30

- Far -

from:
Not Specified


Contact: Far
I have grown up reading and many times rereading Ms Heyer's books. I love her sense of humor. My all time favorite book is the Devil's Cub.
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[846] Tue 6 Sep 2011, 09:27

- Far -

from:
Not Specified


Contact: Far
i have grown up reading and many times rereading Ms Heyer's books. I love her sense of humor. My all time favorite book is the Devil's Cub.
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[845] Mon 15 Aug 2011, 17:35

- Cat Evans -

from:
United Kingdom


Contact: Cat Evans
I've been reading Georgette Heyer's historical romances voraciously since I was about 14 years old and discovered Arabella on my mother's bookshelf. Since then I have scoured second hand bookshops to assemble a beautiful collection of pan editions that I adore. I revisit them over and over again, they never lose their charm. My favourite author died 14 years before I was born, and she is an inspiration. Her books never fail to capture my imagination.
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[844] Wed 6 Jul 2011, 12:31

- Cathy McGarrett -

from:
United States


Contact: Cathy McGarrett
Does anyone know where Georgette Heyer is buried? I am hoping to visit her grave next year to pay my respects. Thanks!
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