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Georgette Heyer Biography

(1902–74), Devil's Cub, Regency Buck, Faro's Daughter, Venetia, Lady of Quality

British writer of historical novels and detective stories, born in London. A best-selling author for more than fifty years, she was an expert on the Regency period, owning a reference library of more than 1,000 books on all aspects of its history. The most popular of her Regency romances include Devil's Cub (1934), Regency Buck (1935), Faro's Daughter (1941), Venetia (1958), and Lady of Quality (1972), which were written with considerable charm and humour. Interspersed were historical novels of other periods, such as The Conqueror (1925), Simon the Coldheart (1925), and Royal Escape (1938). Her fifty-seventh novel, My Lord John (1975) about John, Duke of Bedford, brother to Henry V, was unfinished and unrevised at her death. See Daphne du Maurier (1993) by Margaret Forster. See also romantic fiction.

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