The Edwardians

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A portrait of fashionable society at the height of an era, The Edwardians reveals, through the lives of its characters, all that was glamorous about the period—and all that was to lead to its downfall. Sebastian and Viola are children of the English aristocracy. Handsome and moody, 19-year-old Sebastian is heir to Chevron, a vast country estate. Tying him to his inheritance is a deep sense of tradition and love of the English countryside, but he loathes the cold, extravagant society of which he is a part. At 16, ...

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Overview

A portrait of fashionable society at the height of an era, The Edwardians reveals, through the lives of its characters, all that was glamorous about the period—and all that was to lead to its downfall. Sebastian and Viola are children of the English aristocracy. Handsome and moody, 19-year-old Sebastian is heir to Chevron, a vast country estate. Tying him to his inheritance is a deep sense of tradition and love of the English countryside, but he loathes the cold, extravagant society of which he is a part. At 16, his sister Viola is more independent: an unfashionable beauty who scorns every part of her inheritance—most particularly that of womanhood. It is July 1905, and Chevron is once again the site of a lavish house party. The guests include the great beauty Lady Rochampton and the explorer Leonard Anquetil. It is Lady Rochampton who will initiate Sebastian in the art of love, but it is the Anquetil who opens for both brother and sister the gateway to another world.

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"Sackville-West has borrowed in her prose writing some . . . function of poetry, the ability to suggest far more than she says."  —New York Times
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Set in England of 1905, and first published in 1930, this soap opera finds siblings Sebastian and Viola tied by family duty to upper-crust society while despising it. At a party held at their estate, explorer Leonard Anquetil shows them another way of life. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860683599
  • Publisher: Virago UK
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Virago Modern Classics
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 592,916
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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