Dragonwyck (Rediscovered Classics) [Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory] on Amazon .com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First published in Of course it initially caught my eye for its rather hideous s cover, but then I realised that it was by Anya Seton, who wrote Katherine, which. Dragonwyck Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, Dragonwyck by Anya Seton.

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The novel was subsequently adapted into a film called Dragonwyckdirected by Joseph L.

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Want to Read saving…. Ms Seton again mixed a little bit of history with a love story which always seems to appeal to many. Sep 16, Lolly’s Library rated it liked it Shelves: I first found this in a used book store when I was about 10 or 11, and every few years I am compelled to pick it up again, even though I know it through and through. Right before Christmas, Miranda and Jeff are married, and since the two are really a team, they decide to move to California, where doctors are sorely needed, both resolving to never look back.

It also makes Nicholas’ secret I’m not giving it away as the root of his problems whereas the book allows Nicholas some fear and vulnerability that causes him to hide in his tower room At first, Dragonwyck reminded me of Mansfield Park: In a world where at her age she needs to be looking for suitors to settle down, her family mistakes h Wow My memory is sketchy on the details but there is conflict and Miranda may or may not learn to be careful what she wishes for.

Miranda’s history is nothing like Jane’s and the wife Johanna is nothing like Bertha.

Miranda Wells is too dainty and flighty to fit in with her hard working, puritanical farming family. Dragonwyck is a difficult book to LIKE. Dragonwyck is a novel, written by the American author Anya Seton which was first published in Dragonwyck is the story of Miranda Wells, a farm girl in upstate New York with dreams of a luxurious life she can never hope to attain.


Dragonwyck: Anya Seton – The Idle Woman

Then he takes her to meet his wife, Johanna, a dull, obese woman who is preoccupied with food. Anyway, I really loved the book.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Unfortunately, Anya Seton lacks in the dialogue department. I found it fascinating, in the way that she took themes of Victorian British novels and translated them into a 19th century American setting. In this story you follow Miranda Wells.

I’m glad I got round to reading it but I wish I’d got to it sooner, sehon I would have enjoyed it a lot more in my teens. Even a late night visit from an elderly servant, Zelie, and her utterings of badness and blackness seem like nonsense to Miranda.

Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. And I suppose its knowing that there’s really people like this that takes it out of the realm of what I would term enjoyable “escapism fiction”.

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My American history is shaky, but I imagine these are the first rumblings which, fuelled by other issues, will eventually erupt into the American Civil War. So when Nicholas’ wife, Johanna suddenly dies from ‘acute gastritis’, Miranda slides right into his arms. I pulled this off my Southern grandama’s shelf when I was in high school. Apr 06, Oriana rated it really liked it Shelves: Miranda is a young woman who wants more for herself.

Like in the real life, everybody is good and bad.

But you know, that in itself was skilful writing because the reader could genuinely enter into the heroine’s world and dragobwyck what she felt. The story begins in May with Miranda Wells, the daughter of a humble setno in Greenwich, Connecticut.

And the death of Zelie -?? The differences between class systems was shown really well in this book. Soon, Miranda encounters Doctor Jeff Turner, a skilled physician and a passionate anti-renter who believes that rich Patroons, like the Van Ryns, should give up their large estates. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She pays the price for her luxury lifestyle and grows up a lot in the course of the book. She never stood up to her husband regarding the tenants, and we don’t get any mental chatter from her about that either.


Rather his psychosis manifests in ever-increasing bouts of violence with no sense of planning or logic, however twisted that logic might be. Read more from the Study Guide.

That the system is crumbling around him is an example of the pressure Van Ryn feels to maintain his to him rightful place in the world. Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed.

Dragonwyck: Anya Seton

Head-jumping some call it. Is that morbid of me? Anya Seton stated that the book dragoneyck out of her love for Northumberland. I do wish I hadn’t read Philippa Gregory’s afterword, because I sort of noticed the flaws she points out while reading the book, but I wasn’t that aware of them. It seems to me they were just renting it. Description First published in”Dragonwyck” was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Johanna aroused nothing but sympathy in me, because how else was she supposed to treat a vapid airhead trying to steal her husband under her nose?

Later, when she tells Nicholas about it, he brushes the information aside.