The Edwardians

Sackville-West, V. (Book - 1983 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Edwardians

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At nineteen, Sebastian is a duke and heir to a vast country estate. A deep sense of tradition binds him to his inheritance, though he loathes the social circus he is a part of. Deception, infidelity and greed hide beneath the glittering surface of good manners. Among the guests at a lavish party are two people who will change Sebastian's life: Lady Roehampton, who will initiate him in the art of love; and Leonard Anquetil, a polar explorer who will lead Sebastian and his free-spirited sister Viola to question their destiny. A portrait of fashionable society at the height of the era, THE EDWARDIANS revealed all that was glamorous about the period - and all that was to lead to its downfall. First published in 1930, it was Vita Sackville-West's most successful book.
Authors: Sackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962
Title: The Edwardians
Publisher: London : Virago, 1983, c1930
Characteristics: xvi, 349 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Vita Sackville-West ; introduction by Victoria Glendinning
ISBN: 0860683591
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Edward VII, 1901-1910 Fiction
LCCN: 84673087
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A portrait of fashionable society at the height of an era, The Edwardians reveals, through the lives of its characters, all that was glamorous about the period, and all that was to lead to its downfall.

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Dec 08, 2010
  • e_long rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this, although the ending left a bit to be desired. It really draws you into a world that is--in some ways, sadly--gone.


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