Rediscovering Georgette Heyer, Inventor of the Modern Romance

March 16, 2022

At Vox, Aja Romano does a deep dive into the work of Georgette Heyer, who known as “the Agatha Christie of romance novels” and had a sprawling, prolific career that spanned decades. “Heyer, despite being a wildly popular romance author, has somehow managed to fly just under the mainstream radar without the same level of popular and critical recognition,” Romano writes. “That speaks, perhaps, to how often she’s been lumped together with more tawdry writers simply because of her chosen genre. Heyer satisfied the many eager writers and readers who wanted a bit more emphasis on the heated passions that Austen tastefully avoided, and that left her open to critical dismissal.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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