The groundbreaking biography of one of the world’s best-loved and bestselling authors
Who was the real Georgette Heyer?
Georgette Heyer famously said, "I am to be found in my work."
Who was this amazing writer who was so secretive about her personal life that she never gave an interview? Where did she get her ideas? Were there real-life models for her ultra-manly heroes, independent-minded heroines, irascible guardians, and clever villains? What motivated her to build a Regency worldso intricately researched that readers want to escape there again and again?
Heyer's Regency romances, historical novels, and mysteries have surprised and delighted millions of readers for decades, while the woman behind the storieshas stayed hidden...Until now!
With unprecedented, exclusive access to Heyer's notebooks, papers, and early letters, Jennifer Kloester uncovers both the complex life of a private woman anda masterful writer's craft that will forever resonate in literature and beyond.
"A wonderful entertaining biography—a readable and lively account of this beloved writer."—Eloisa James, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Required reading for all lovers of Regency novels."—Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of No Longer a Gentleman
"A superb portrayal of one of my all-time favorite writers."—Anne Gracie, award-winning author of Bride By Mistake
"An engaging, intriguing, absorbing, read!"—Stephanie Laurens, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Georgette Heyer's Regency World:
"Meticulously researched yet splendidly entertaining ... a must-have."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Detailed, informative, impressively researched. A Heyer lover writing for Heyer fans."—Times Literary Supplement
"Kloester's lively book will delight died-in-the-wool Regency readers." —Booklist
English Regency social historian Kloester details the life of Georgette Heyer (1902 1974), the Queen of Regency romance, who sold her first book at age 17 and, over the next 50 years, married Ronald Rougier, bore one son, and wrote 55 books. With access to a thousand pages of new material plus full access to Heyer s private papers, Kloester adds to, and sometimes corrects, some facts in Joan Aiken Hodge s 1984 biography, while remaining frustratingly reticent about others. Despite the new material Kloester, like Hodge, provides scant insight into the writing process of the fiercely private Heyer, who granted a single interview and destroyed all her manuscripts and most of her personal correspondence. Kloester relies on Heyer s early contemporary novels for clues to the author s inner life bolstered with guesses based on quotations from correspondence, especially with Heyer s agent and publishers. Kloester is not completely uncritical but her sympathy is obvious, often putting the best possible spin on Heyer s snobbery and poor financial decisions. The result is a parlor portrait of this famous writer who claimed to despise her readership while craving the critical attention that eluded her. 73 illus.