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The Scandal of the Season

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Dangerous Liaisons in a time of Jacobite plots and Popish fears, a time when marriage was a market and sex a temptation fraught with dangers. A brilliant, witty, erotic modern love-story set in 1711.

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Born in Sydney in 1974, Sophie Gee was brought up and educated in the inner-city suburb of Paddington, graduating from the University of Sydney in 1995 with a first-class honours degree in English. She wrote her honours thesis on Evelyn Waugh, and also did half a law degree, until her father, a lawyer, encouraged her to drop out. She won a scholarship to Harvard, where she studied the underbelly of 18th-century London and received a PhD in 2002.. She was appointed assistant professor to the English department at Princeton, held a fellowship at UCLA and has recently taught at University College London before returning to Princeton.


Alexander Pope captured the scandalous passions of Arabella Fermor and Robert Petre, seventh baron of Ingateson, in his celebrated poem The Rape of the Lock. Now Gee revisits the poem, the affair, and the era itself. With a feature. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Hunchbacked satirist poet Alexander Pope finds inspiration in the foibles of 18th-century London's young, rich and arrogant in Gee's shrewd debut, an erudite period piece filled with outrageous flirtation, social maneuvering and contests of wit. The low-born Pope is permitted entry to London's upper echelons after some of his poems gain a gilded readership, and his literary ambitions and adventures in the city with childhood friends Martha and Teresa Blount are offset by the passionate but clandestine romance between the beautiful Arabella Fermor (who happens to be related to the Blounts), and the haughty Lord Petre, whose involvement in a plot to assassinate the queen lands him in a tight spot. The stories intersect when Pope immortalizes the lovers' high-class intrigue in a scalding poem. The novel is sprinkled with literary cameos and jokes English lit majors will appreciate, while crackling verbal one-upmanship and crude double entendres should keep the hoi polloi turning pages. Gee's take on the Paris Hilton-like figures who pranced through London 300 years ago manages to be simultaneously tabloid bawdy and academy proper. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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