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Georgette Heyer

Knowledge Identifier: +Georgette_Heyer


Georgette Heyer

British historical romance and detective fiction novelist add

Category: Literature

Born in 1902.

Countries: United Kingdom (36%), United States (18%), France (18%)

Main connections: Agatha Christie, Barbara Cartland, Caucasus Mountains

Linked to: King's College London, Royal College of Music, Royal School of Mines, British Army




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Georgette Heyer was born in 1902 add something


For part of her childhood, the family lived in Paris, France, but they returned to England shortly after World War I broke out in 1914 add something


He left the army in 1920 with the rank of captain, taught at King's College London and sometimes wrote for "The Granta" add something


While holidaying with her family in December 1920, Heyer met George Ronald Rougier, who was two years her senior add something


Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel "The Black Moth" add something


His agent found a publisher for her book, and "The Black Moth", about the adventures of a young man who took responsibility for his brother's card-cheating, was released in 1921 add something


In 1925 Heyer married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer add something


In the spring of 1925, shortly after the publication of her fifth novel, they became engaged add something


In October 1925 Rougier was sent to work in the Caucasus Mountains, partly because he had learned Russian as a child add something


In 1926, she released "These Old Shades", in which the Duke of Avon courts his own ward add something


Rougier returned home in the summer of 1926, but within months he was sent to the East African territory of Tanganyika add something


The book appeared in the midst of the UK General Strike of 1926; as a result, the novel received no newspaper coverage, reviews, or advertising add something


In 1928, Heyer followed her husband to Macedonia, where she almost died after a dentist improperly administered an anaesthetic add something


She wrote an account of her adventures, titled "The Horned Beast of Africa", which was published in 1929 in the newspaper "The Sphere" add something


The couple spent several years living in Tanganyika and Macedonia before returning to England in 1929 add something


Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year add something


In 1935, Heyer's thrillers began following a pair of detectives named Superintendent Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway add something


In 1935, she released "Regency Buck", her first novel set in the Regency period add something


One of the books featuring Heyer's characters, "Death in the Stocks", was dramatized in New York City in 1937 as "Merely Murder" add something


In 1939, Rougier was called to the Bar, and the family moved first to Brighton, to Hove, so that Rougier could easily commute to London add something


The Blitz bombing of 1940–41 disrupted train travel in Britain, prompting Heyer and her family to move to London in 1942 so that Rougier would be closer to his work add something


The company had an option on her next book; to make them break her contract, she wrote "Penhallow", which the 1944 "Book Review Digest" described as "a murder story but not a mystery story" add something


Around 1950, one of her readers notified her that another author had written several novels in a style similar to Heyer's add something


To minimize her tax liability, Heyer formed a limited liability company called Heron Enterprises around 1950 add something


Barbara Cartland - In 1950, Cartland was accused of plagiarism by author Georgette Heyer, after a reader drew her attention to the apparent borrowing of Heyer's character names, character traits, dialogue and plot points in Cartland's early historical romances


According to critic Nancy Wingate, Heyer's detective novels, the last written in 1953, Critic Erik Routley labelled many of her characters clichés, including the uneducated policeman, an exotic Spanish dancer, and a country vicar with a neurotic wife add something


In 1959, Rougier became a Queen's Counsel add something


In 1961, another reader wrote of similarities found in a different author's works add something


In June 1964, she underwent surgery to remove a kidney stone add something


Richard and his wife raised her two sons from her first marriage and provided Heyer with her only biological grandchild in 1966, when their son Nicholas Rougier was born add something


She was accused several times of providing an overly large salary for herself, and in 1966 she sold the company and the rights to seventeen of her novels to Booker-McConnell add something


The limited liability company continued to vex Heyer, and in 1966, after tax inspectors found that she owed the company £20,000, she finally fired her accountants add something


When first released as mass market paperbacks in the United States in 1966, her novels were described as being "in the tradition of Jane Austen" add something


In July 1973 she suffered a slight stroke and spent three weeks in a nursing home add something


In 1974, however, this author released a new novel which combined plot elements and proper names from multiple Heyer novels and duplicated much of her phrasing add something


The 1974 edition of the encyclopædia, published shortly after her death, included entries on popular writers Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, but did not mention Heyer add something

Georgette Heyer died in 1974 add something


She suffered another stroke in February 1974 add something


Heyer continued writing until her death in July 1974 add something


Biographies of Heyer have been published by Jane Aiken Hodge in 1984 and by Jennifer Kloester in 2011 add something


In 2015, a blue plaque was unveiled in honour of Heyer at her birthplace in Wimbledon add something