The Scandal of the Season

The Scandal of the Season

Book - 2007
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"London, 1711. As the rich, young offspring of the city's most fashionable families fill their days with masquerade balls and clandestine courtships, Arabella Fermor and Robert, Lord Petre, lead the pursuit of pleasure. Beautiful and vain, Arabella is a clever coquette with a large circle of beaus. Lord Petre, seventh Baron of Ingatestone, is a man-about-town with his choice of mistresses. Drawn together by an overpowering attraction, the two begin an illicit affair." "Alexander Pope, sickly and nearly penniless, is peripheral by birth, yet his uncommon wit and ambition gain him unlikely entrance into high society. Once there, privy to every nuance and drama, he is a ruthless observer. He longs for the success that will cement his place in society; all he needs is one poem grand enough to make his reputation." "As the forbidden passion between Arabella and Lord Petre deepens, an intrigue of a darker nature threatens to overtake them. Fortunes change and reputations - even lives - are imperiled. In the aftermath, Pope discovers the idea for a daring poem that will catapult him to fame and fortune"--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2007
ISBN: 9781416540564 (alk. paper)
1416540563 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC GEE
Characteristics: vii, 351 p. ; 24 cm

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Aug 07, 2013

Part romance, part historic intrigue, and part biography, the story follows Alexander Pope and the possible events that inspired him to write his famous poem "The Rape of the Lock". The author did a fantastic job of researching the facts of Pope's life and creating compelling, believable characters from them. Anyone who enjoys high society of London in the 1700s, historic fiction, and historical romance should give this a read.

I would have rated it 4 stars, but the dialogue felt a little flat to me.

Nov 13, 2011

I found this a little hard going at times - perhaps the number of varied characters made it move a little slowly for my taste. Overall though, it was an interesting story, and I was surprised to read in the afterword that all the people in the book actually lived in England in the 1700s - some colourful characters amongst them!

Oct 01, 2007

Alexander Pope finds that he has a ringside view of a sex scandal between a titled peer and a flirtatious young woman who is desperate to find a husband this season or be labeled a spinster. While the passions heat up between the two, with too many graphic descriptions and jarring language, society presses the couple into separation. When her lover publicly humiliates her, she realizes that it is over at the worse possible moment and she loses face. But she will always be remembered as the lovely Belinda in Pope?s celebrated poem, ?The Rape of the Lock?.


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