This book is a great read It provides a glimpse into the life and
times of the du monde of the period.
You will love this woman after reading her story, and will be
very intrigued by the beginning, when Georgina writes in a males
The Duchess of Devonshires second book, first published in 1778,
chronicles the life of a young, newly married lady of high society
not unlike its author. Written in epistolary format, the story
follows Julia from her idyllic country life to her marriage to a
rich aristocrat. She soon discovers her husband is nothing other
than a rake, spending all his and her money on gambling and
mistresses. Without the protection of a husband, soon others come
on the scene, intent on taking advantatge of young and naive Julia.
An anonymous guardian, in the guise of The Sylph, writes to her,
giving her guidance through her troubles...but will it be
This scholarly edition of The Sylph provides fresh insights into
the lives of aristocratic women in the 1770s. The novel by one of
the most fashionable women of her age is both a window on
upper-class social mores and a roman clef drawing on the Duchesss
own gambling addiction and unconventional domestic arrangements.
--Janet Todd, Herbert J.C. Grierson Professor of English
Literature, University of Aberdeen
Once praised as ingenious and condemned as obscene, The Sylph
is, in fact, a fascinating insiders view of the life of the British
ruling class, penned by one of the most gifted and troubled women
of the eighteenth century. --Paula R. Feldman, C. Wallace Martin
Professor of English, University of South Carolina
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