Georgette Heyer (1902–74) was a British historical romance and
detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she
turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth
(title page pictured). After These Old Shades became popular despite its
release during the General Strike, Heyer determined that publicity was
not necessary for good sales and refused to give interviews thereafter.
She essentially established the historical romance genre and its
subgenre Regency romance. To ensure accuracy, Heyer kept detailed notes
on all aspects of Regency life. While some critics thought the novels
were too detailed, others considered the detail to be her greatest
asset. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one
thriller each year. Her husband often provided basic plot outlines for
the thrillers, leaving Heyer to develop character relationships and
dialogue. Although many critics describe Heyer's detective novels as
unoriginal, others praise them for their wit and plots. Her success was
sometimes clouded by problems with tax inspectors and alleged
plagiarists. Heyer continued writing until her death; her last book, My
Lord John, was published posthumously.
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