The Edwardians
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The Edwardians

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An instant bestseller when it was published in 1930, this glittering satire of Edwardian high society features a privileged brother and sister torn between tradition and a chance at an independent life. Sebastian is young, handsome, moody, and the heir to Chevron, a vast and opulent ducal estate. He feels a deep love for the countryside and for his patrimony, but he loathes the frivolous social world his mother and her shallow friends represent. At one of his mother's decadent house parties, Sebastian meets two people who shake his sense of self: Leonard Anquetil, a lowborn arctic explorer, who questions his mode of living; and Lady Roehampton, a married society beauty with a string of lovers, who breaks his heart. When Sebastian reaches the brink of despair, it is his self-possessed younger sister, Viola, who opens for them both a gateway to another world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 21mm | 308g
  • VINTAGE
  • English
  • 0525433996
  • 9780525433996
  • 1,207,657

Review quote

-Fascinating. . . . It carries strong shades of Downton Abbey in its look at a proudly static world forced into change.- --Boston Globeshow more

About Vita Sackville-West

VITA SACKVILLE-WEST (1892-1962) was a writer and poet born in England to aristocratic parents. In 1913, she married diplomat Harold Nicolson and traveled extensively before settling in 1930 at Sissinghurst Castle, where she designed a world-famous garden. Sackville-West had an affair with Virginia Woolf and was the model for the protagonist of Woolf's Orlando. She is best known for her novels, including The Edwardians and All Passion Spent.show more

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752 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 19% (141)
4 46% (343)
3 29% (219)
2 5% (37)
1 2% (12)
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