[DWJ] Georgette Heyer books

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sun Jan 6 12:21:13 EST 2008


I rashly wrote

"I tell you what, I'll put up a table  of what she wrote when, and anyone
who wants it can take it away and keep it and anyone who can't be doing
with her can ignore it!  :-)"

It has taken longer than I thought it would.  I have put them by decade of
first publication.  Here it is.  Ones from nearer the beginning are more
likely to be forsoothly, ones nearer the end more likely to be
contemplative and non-action; 'Regency' can be taken to involve Romance.


Title                   Written Setting         Type

The Black Moth          1921    1751            Romance
Powder and Patch        1923    1753?           Romance
The Great Roxhythe      1923    1668-1685       'Historical'
Instead of the Thorn    1923    contemporary    Mainstream Fiction
Simon the Coldheart     1925    1400-18         Romance
These Old Shades        1926    1756            Romance
The Masqueraders        1928    1746            Romance
Helen                   1928    contemporary    Mainstream Fiction
Beauvallet              1929    1586            Romance/Thrillerish
Pastel                  1929    contemporary    Mainstream Fiction
Barren Corn             1930    contemporary    Mainstream Fiction

The Conqueror           1931    1028-66         Historical
Devil's Cub             1932    1780            Romance
Footsteps in the Dark   1932    contemporary    Detective
Why Shoot a Butler?     1933    contemporary    Detective
The Convenient Marriage 1934    1776            Romance
The Unfinished Clue     1934    contemporary    Detective
Regency Buck            1935    1811-12         Regency/Detectivish
Death in the Stocks     1935    contemporary    Detective
The Talisman Ring       1936    1793            Romance/Thrillerish
Behold, Here's Poison   1936    contemporary    Detective
An Infamous Army        1937    1815            Historical
They Found Him Dead     1937    contemporary    Detective
Royal Escape            1938    1651            Historical
A Blunt Instrument      1938    contemporary    Detective
No Wind of Blame        1939    contemporary    Detective

The Spanish Bride       1940    1812-15         Historical
The Corinthian          1940    1812-13         Regency
Faro's Daughter         1941    1795            Romance
Envious Casca           1941    contemporary    Detective
Penhallow               1942    contemporary    Mainstream Fiction?
Friday's Child          1944    1816-1817       Regency
The Reluctant Widow     1946    1813            Regency/Detectivish
The Foundling           1948    1818            Regency
Arabella                1949    1817            Regency

The Grand Sophy         1950    1816            Regency
The Quiet Gentleman     1951    1816            Regency/Detectivish
Duplicate Death         1951    contemporary    Detective
Cotillion               1953    1816            Regency
Detection Unlimited     1953    contemporary    Detective
The Toll-Gate           1954    1816            Regency/Detectivish
Bath Tangle             1955    1816            Regency
Sprig Muslin            1956    1813            Regency
April Lady              1957    1813            Regency
Sylvester               1957    1817-18         Regency
Venetia                 1958    1818            Regency
The Unknown Ajax        1959    1817            Regency/Detectivish

Pistols for Two         1960    various         Regency short stories
A Civil Contract        1961    1814-15         Regency/unromantism
The Nonesuch            1962    1816/17         Regency
False Colours           1963    1817            Regency
Frederica               1965    1818            Regency
Black Sheep             1966    1816/17         Regency
Cousin Kate             1968    1816/17         Regency/Gothic

Charity Girl            1970    1817?           Regency
Lady of Quality         1972    1816/17         Regency
My Lord John            1975    1393-1413       Historical


After 1940 Heyer seems to have confined herself to the Regency period of
her own invention, in (quasi) historical terms, apart from *My Lord John*,
which she was writing on and off from about 1948 onwards.  She never
finished MLJ, probably knew it was unfit for publication by her standards,
but had it in the background to use up her passion for the earlier periods
and mercifully mean she produced no more cod-period rubbish!

Minnow





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