Many thanks to Celia M. Cruz Rus (postgraduate student, University of Malaga) for providing the following guest post on Neo-Edwardian fiction:
If you want to immerse yourself in the Edwardian period while enjoying some literature, you can always go back to Henry James or E. M. Forster but if you want to try some contemporary fiction, here are a few suggestions:
– Falling Angels (2001), Tracy Chevalier. The Waterhouses and the Colemans meet at the cemetery on the day Queen Victoria dies. From that day onwards, thanks to their little girls’ friendship and fascination with the graveyard, their destinies will be tragically entangled.
– Snobbery with Violence (2003), M. C. Beaton. The first novel of the Edwardian Murder Mystery Series is a funny, light-hearted story which sees Lady Rose Summer, a debutante who has a reputation as an ex-suffragette, investigating the death of a guest with the help of her maid and a detective on her first season.
– Arthur & George (2005), Julian Barnes. This is a beautiful tale based on the real story of how acclaimed the Sherlock Holmes author became a sort of detective himself and helped prove a young solicitor innocent.
– “Dictation” (2008), Cynthia Ozick. This short story found in the collection Dictation: A Quartet imagines a meeting between Henry James’s typist and that of Joseph Conrad, who has designed a plan which will make them immortal.
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