List of works by Georgette Heyer

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Georgette Heyer bibliography
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Georgian novels 8
Regency novels 24
Other historical novels 6
Contemporary novels 4
Detective novels 12
Essays 2

Georgette Heyer (1902–1974) was an English author particularly known for her historical romance novels set in the Regency and Georgian eras. A best-selling author, Heyer's writing career saw her produce works from a variety of genres; in total she published 32 novels in the romance genre, 6 historical novels, 4 contemporary novels, and 12 in the detective fiction genre.[1][2]

Born in Wimbledon, London, the nineteen-year-old Heyer published her first novel, The Black Moth, in 1921 from a story she had written for her hemophiliac younger brother Boris.[3][4] The Georgian novel, which featured an earl who turns to outlawry in the 18th century, set the template for many of her future stories – romance, a historical setting, characters from the nobility, and a "saturnine" male lead.[5][6] The Black Moth was popular with readers and Heyer continued to publish more Georgian novels until the release of Faro's Daughter in 1941.

Heyer's fame stemmed mainly from her Regency novels, which made her a household name.[7] The first, Regency Buck, became a best-seller when it was published in 1935, and featured a wealthy heiress from the English countryside, whose sense of independence causes her to clash with London's social norms, but eventually conform to them – qualities seen in many other Heyer heroines.[8] Gradually, Heyer developed a "distinct, light-hearted" style, and her 1940 Regency novel The Corinthian established elements common in her future works: clever plotting, light comedic elements, and a writing style reminiscent of the Regency era.[9] After 1940 her output consisted mainly of Regency novels,[9] a collection of works that totaled 24 by the time of her death in 1974.[10]

Heyer was noted for the thorough historical detail she invested in her works – unlike her literary predecessors, who typically lived in the eras they wrote about, Heyer had to enliven the past for her contemporary readers; she thus endeavored to research every available aspect of her chosen plot settings.[3][11][12] Despite the popularity of her romance novels, Heyer did not consider herself a romance writer and had ambivalent feelings towards the genre, dismissing her stories as "another bleeding romance."[13][14] Heyer published historical novels such as The Conqueror (1931), which depicted the early years of William I. The careful detail found in her 1937 historical romance, An Infamous Army, attracted critical acclaim. Her other novels never reached this level of positive critical opinion and have been largely overlooked by scholars.[7][15] Heyer aspired for many years to produce "the magnum opus of my latter years," a medieval trilogy featuring the House of Lancaster. This project failed to come to full fruition, as she faced pressure from eager readers to continue publishing her popular romance novels; the tax liabilities she dealt with were also a factor.[16][17] Heyer's only installment of the Lancaster trilogy, My Lord John (1975), went unfinished and was published a year after her death.[18]

Early in her career, Heyer experimented with other literary genres, resulting in the release of four serious contemporary novels between 1923 and 1930,[9] all of which were less successful than her historical novels of the time, and were later suppressed by the author.[19][20] With the help of her husband George Ronald Rougier, who made plot suggestions,[13] Heyer also delved into works of contemporary detective fiction such as Footsteps in the Dark (1932) and They Found Him Dead (1937).[3] In total she published 12 in the genre between 1932 and 1953, when her final detective novel Detection Unlimited appeared.

Heyer's romance novels sold consistently well and had been translated into more than 10 languages by the time of her death. She is most remembered for these works, rather than her efforts in other literary genres.[13][21][22] Heyer has been credited with "virtually invent[ing]" the Regency romance novel and its "comedy of manners," a literary form in turn influenced by Jane Austen. Heyer described herself as "a mixture of [Samuel] Johnson and Austen,"[23][24] and according to the scholar Mary Joannou, Austen's influence on Heyer is clear: both wrote of the Regency era and focused on marriage to drive the plot.[10] Pamela Regis cites Heyer's influence in every historical romance novel published since 1921,[25] and Elizabeth Spillman adds that because Heyer wrote romances for five decades, "her writing career spans the emerging of the romance as a publishing category and she was influential in shaping that genre."[26] Widely read today, most of Heyer's works are still in print[27] and adaptations have been made on film, television, stage, and radio.[3][20]

Georgian novels

The Georgian novels of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
The Black Moth 1921 Constable (London) [3][28]
The Transformation of Philip Jettan
(later republished as Powder and Patch)
1923 William Heinemann (London) [29][30]
These Old Shades 1926 William Heinemann (London) [31]
The Masqueraders 1928 William Heinemann (London) [32]
Devil's Cub 1932 William Heinemann (London) [33][34]
The Convenient Marriage 1934 William Heinemann (London) [35]
The Talisman Ring 1936 William Heinemann (London) [36]
Faro's Daughter 1941 William Heinemann (London) [3][37]

Regency novels

A Regency era man stands near a sitting woman, preparing to propose marriage
Many of Heyer's novels featured romance in the Regency era
The Regency novels of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
Regency Buck 1935 William Heinemann (London) [38]
An Infamous Army 1937 William Heinemann (London) [39][40]
The Spanish Bride 1940 William Heinemann (London) [3][41]
The Corinthian 1940 William Heinemann (London) [3][42]
Friday's Child 1944 William Heinemann (London) [3][43]
The Reluctant Widow 1946 William Heinemann (London) [44]
The Foundling 1948 William Heinemann (London) [45]
Arabella 1949 William Heinemann (London) [3][46]
The Grand Sophy 1950 William Heinemann (London) [3][47]
The Quiet Gentleman 1951 William Heinemann (London) [3][48]
Cotillion 1953 William Heinemann (London) [3][49]
The Toll-Gate 1954 William Heinemann (London) [50]
Bath Tangle 1955 William Heinemann (London) [51]
Sprig Muslin 1956 William Heinemann (London) [52]
April Lady 1957 William Heinemann (London) [3][53]
Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle 1957 William Heinemann (London) [54]
Venetia 1958 William Heinemann (London) [3][55]
The Unknown Ajax 1959 William Heinemann (London) [56][57]
A Civil Contract 1961 William Heinemann (London) [58][59]
The Nonesuch 1962 William Heinemann (London) [3][60]
False Colours 1963 The Bodley Head (London) [61][62]
Frederica 1965 The Bodley Head (London) [63][64]
Black Sheep 1966 The Bodley Head (London) [65][66]
Cousin Kate 1968 The Bodley Head (London) [3][67]
Charity Girl 1970 The Bodley Head (London) [3][68]
Lady of Quality 1972 The Bodley Head (London) [69][70]

Other historical novels

A 15th century man prays in front of a Christian saint
Heyer's final novel, My Lord John, featured John of Lancaster (pictured on the left), brother of Henry V
The other historical novels of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
The Great Roxhythe 1923 William Heinemann (London) [71]
Simon the Coldheart 1925 William Heinemann (London) [3][72]
Beauvallet 1929 William Heinemann (London) [3][73]
The Conqueror 1931 William Heinemann (London) [74]
Royal Escape 1938 William Heinemann (London) [75]
My Lord John 1975 The Bodley Head (London) [3][76]

Contemporary novels

The contemporary novels of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
Instead of the Thorn 1923 William Heinemann (London) [77]
Helen 1928 Longmans and Co (London) [78]
Pastel 1929 Longmans and Co (London) [79]
Barren Corn 1930 Longmans and Co (London) [80]

Detective novels

The detective novels of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
Footsteps in the Dark 1932 Longmans and Co (London) [81]
Why Shoot a Butler? 1933 Longmans and Co (London) [82]
The Unfinished Clue 1934 Longmans and Co (London) [83]
Death in the Stocks 1935 Longmans and Co (London) [84]
Behold, Here's Poison 1936 Hodder & Stoughton (London) [85]
They Found Him Dead 1937 Hodder & Stoughton (London) [86]
A Blunt Instrument 1938 Hodder & Stoughton (London) [87]
No Wind of Blame 1939 Hodder & Stoughton (London) [88]
Envious Casca 1941 Hodder & Stoughton (London) [89]
Penhallow 1942 William Heinemann (London) [90]
Duplicate Death 1951 William Heinemann (London) [91]
Detection Unlimited 1953 William Heinemann (London) [92]

Essays

Three young brown-haired women stare forward
In 1954 Punch published an essay by Heyer about the Brontë sisters (pictured)
The essays of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First edition publisher Ref.
"Books about the Brontës" 31 March 1954 Punch [93]
"How to be a Literary Critic" 28 April 1954 Punch [94]

Short stories

The short stories of Georgette Heyer
Title Date of first
publication
First appearance Ref.
"A Proposal to Cicely" 4 September 1922 The Happy Magazine [95]
"The Bulldog and the Beast" March 1923 The Happy Magazine [96]
"Linckes' Great Case" 2 March 1923 The Detective Magazine [97]
"The Horned Beast of Africa" 22 June 1929 The Sphere [98]
"Runaway Match" April 1936 Woman's Journal [99]
"Pursuit" 1939 The Queen's Book of the Red Cross [100]
Pistols for Two, which contains:
  • "Pistols for Two"
  • "A Clandestine Affair"
  • "Bath Miss"
  • "Pink Domino"
  • "A Husband for Fanny"
  • "To Have the Honour"
  • "Night at the Inn"
  • "The Duel"
  • "Hazard"
  • "Snowdrift"
  • "Full Moon"
1960 William Heinemann (London) [101]

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  43. ^ "Friday's Child". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
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  47. ^ "The Grand Sophy". WorldCat. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  49. ^ "Cotillion". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
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  53. ^ "April Lady". WorldCat. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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