The Scandal of the Season by Sophie Gee
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London, 1711. As the rich, young offspring of the city's most fashionable families þll their days with masquerade balls and clandestine court-ships, 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.

About Sophie Gee

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SOPHIE GEE writes about Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature from Milton to Jane Austen. A native of Australia, she received her PhD in English from Harvard and is now an assistant professor in the Department of English at Princeton. She was named the John E. Annan Bicentennial Preceptor, the highest distinction that can be given to a member of the junior faculty. CAMERON STEWART works extensively in both theatre and television and will be familiar to viewers of LWT's London's Burning as Station Officer Suffolk of White Watch. His theatre credits include the London production of Les Miserables, Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and seasons in repertory at theatres all over the UK. Other television work includes Coronation Street, Eastenders, The Bill, Silent Witness, Doctors, Holby City, Heartbeat, and Boyz Unlimited.
Published August 7, 2007 by Scribner. 378 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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The imagined exploits of Alexander Pope, 18th-century wit.

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Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars"There’s a brutal stabbing at the center of The Scandal of the Season, and elements of a dangerous plot to restore James III run thinly behind the story, but frankly the extent to which you’ll enjoy this novel depends on how amused you are by arch social satire and the...

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This is a really great version of the tale of Beowulf and if you think Grendel is the only monster Beowulf must contend with, think again.Another great version of the Beowulf story is:Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds - This retelling of the Beowulf legend is equal parts text and il...

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