Happy Birthday Georgette Heyer!
August 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today is Georgette Heyer’s 109th birthday. Heyer wrote romance novels (often set in the same time period as Jane Austen), mystery novels (somewhat similar to the Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie) and historical fiction. She is most famously remembered today for basically inventing the Regency romance subgenre. She did massive amounts of research into the time period, and her books often explain aspects of Regency life that go unexplained in other novels set at that time. In an effort at historical accuracy, she even purchased a letter written by the Duke of Wellington so she could capture his writing style. When writing on William the Conqueror, she traveled the exact route he did when he crossed into England. She was prolific, with her last novel being published after her death. Even though she was British, her family had Russian roots and she spent part of her childhood living in Paris. She married at a young age and had one child.
Here at Arthur, we are feminists, and we are always proud when a woman writes the stories she wants to hear. We also admire Heyer because she, as a woman writer, was sometimes accused of making too much money. Happy birthday, Ms. Heyer.