Forever Amber Author:Kathleen Winsor One of the most facinating women ever to come out of historical fiction, Amber St. Clare is the central figure in Kathleen Winsor's lusty, exciting, authentically detailed novel of Restoration England. FOREVER AMBER was first published in 1944 and became an immediate sensation. The year's number-one best seller in America-then translated into ... more »at least 10 foreign languages-FOREVER AMBER also created a literary scandal. Many of its frankly sexual passages were deemed too risque by 1940's standards, and the novel was quickly banned in Boston. But while Back Bay disapproved, Hollywood clamored for this exciting literary property, and after some controversy, FOREVER AMBER became an acclaimed motion picture.
The furor that surrounded FOREVER AMBER could not overshadow the quality of a novel that has stood the test of time as a vivid and critically acclaimed historical romance. The story's continuing popularity is based on two factors: its memorable, senuous, totally alive heroine-and its magnificently detailed picture of 17th-centruy England. Orville Prescott, in THE NEW YORK TIMES, summed up both Amber and her England in these words: "In the gaudy, bawdy, turbulent reign of Charles II she was a magnetic pole for gossip, violence and intrigue all the way from Newgate Prison to His Majesty's bedchanmbe. Her lovers were legion..."
These lovers include a highwayman, assorted noblemen, a captain in the Horse Guards, the Duke of Buckingham, and King Charles himself. With Amber, we witness political intrigues, murders, the clashing of swords at dawn and the Great Fire of London. The experience is a breathtaking journey into the past that no reader will forget.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen Winsor was born in Minnesota and graduated from the University of California. She married her college sweetheart and got inspiration for FOREVER AMBER from one of his history papers. She finished the novel while he served with the Marines in World War II. Her sussequent novels include STAR MONEY and THE LOVERS.« less