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The Scandal of the Season (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Scandal of the Season - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Sophie Gee, Cameron Stewart (Narrator) Jane Austen meets Philip Roth in a sexy, sparkling debut novel reconstructing the real-life scandal that inspired Alexander Pope's famous poem "The Rape of the Lock." — London, 1711. As the rich, young offspring of the city's most fashionable families fill their days with masquerade balls and clandestine courtships, Arabella Fer... more »mor and Robert, Lord Petre, lead the pursuit of pleasure. 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. He longs for the success that will cement his place there; 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 into fame and fortune.
The Scandal of the Season captures the hedonism, romance, and risk of a time when marriage was a market, the wrong beliefs equaled treason and dishonor, and sex was a temptation fraught with danger.« less
I took a class in grad school on the Age of Satire, but didn't learn that much about Alexander Pope, aside from reading "The Rape of the Lock", one of the greatest poems ever. This book was rife with information about the time and the scandal. It was a slow start but became gripping.
An excellent book--a compelling version (and view) of London in the early 1700s and the circumstances surrounding the creation of Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock." I loved every minute of it! And Cameron Stewart's reading not only of the novel, but in particular of the second version of the mock epic at the very end, was the perfect icing on a most delectable cake!
This bk is about a portion of the life of Alexander Pope. And it is the story of the social scandal that gave him the inpiration for his epic satirical poem ' The Rape of the Lock'. I enjoyed it and liked the reader, Cameron Stewart.