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Beloved by a legion of fans, Queen Lucia is the first in a series of six novels written by E.F. Benson in the 1920's and 1930's.

Introduces the irrepressible Mrs. Emmeline Lucas and paints a fascinating portrait of the 1920's British upperclass.

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Overview

Beloved by a legion of fans, Queen Lucia is the first in a series of six novels written by E.F. Benson in the 1920's and 1930's.

Introduces the irrepressible Mrs. Emmeline Lucas and paints a fascinating portrait of the 1920's British upperclass.

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There is some irony in the fact that Benson, the creator of everything from plays to sober biographies, is best remembered for his series of "Lucia" novels, delicious satires of the pretensions and foibles of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '30s. Still, given Benson's droll send-ups of the bitter battles waged by matrons desperate to live out their fantastical versions of upper-class elegance and wit, and his shrewd readings of the ways in which our longings can make us both bizarre and sometimes appealing, it's very likely an irony he would have savored. His six novels chronicling the rise and fall and rise ad infinitum of Mrs. Emmeline Lucas of Riseholm are now being reissued as trade paperbacks. Queen Lucia, the first in the series, follows Mrs. Lucas ('Lucia' to her most intimate friends) through a lengthy and often hilarious campaign to derail the career of a would-be rival to the throne of cultural arbiter. The plot, however, is less important than the pratfalls. The six Lucia novels form a kind of epic portrait of striving gone mod, and it's good to have them appearing once again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429796484
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 342

Meet the Author

E. F. Benson (1867-1940) was a prolific novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and biographer. He wrote biographies of Sir Francis Drake, Alcibiades, Ferdinand Magellan, Queen Victoria, and Charlotte Bronte. The son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a bit eccentric, he studied archaeology at Kings College, Cambridge, and served as Mayor of Rye near the end of his life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Ebook quality review - EXCELLENT for digireads version

    If you know Lucia, you already know that E F Benson's social satire is wonderful. This is a review of the ebook quality. As of 02/29/12, there are 11 ebook versions available through B & N. The DIGIREAD version is the best. I prefer what is called a sans serif font, such as Arial or Gills Sans. Several of the other versions do not offer that option. The digiread version does. Second, there are none of those annoying errors from bad scanning. The text looks accurate, including the occasional Italian that ucia insists on using, caro mio. There are two negatives. First, there is no cover art or copyright history. I like a bit of cover art and a proper title page and publishing inform's ation page. Second, there is also no table of contents. However, since the chapters don't have titles, that's not so bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Ebook quality review posted 02/29/12 - addendum

    Darn it. I didn't realize my post for one particular version of a book would apply to all the ebook versions. My excellent rating is for the DIGIBOOK version. Sorry for the confusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    delightful but...

    Charming story and positively delightful characters, but it was all nearly ruined by terrible scanning. Several passages were rendered unreadable and I could only guess at what was meant to be there.

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