The Complete Mapp & Lucia -

The Complete Mapp & Lucia

Volume One

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Lucia is one of the great comic characters in English literature. Outrageously pretentious, hypocritical and snobbish, Queen Lucia, "as by right divine" rules over the toy kingdom of 'Riseholme' based on the Cotswold village of Broadway. Her long-suffering husband Pepino is "her prince-consort", the outrageously camp Georgie is her "gentleman-in-waiting", the village green is her "parliament", and her subjects, such as Daisy Quantock, are hapless would-be 'Bolsheviks'. In 'Lucia in London', the prudish, manically ambitious Lucia launches herself into the louche world of London society. Her earnest determination to learn all about "modern movements" makes her the perfect comic vehicle for Benson's free-wheeling satire of salon society, and of the dominant fads and movements of the 1920s, including vegetarianism, yoga, palmistry, Freudianism, seances, Post-Impressionist art and Christian Science. In his insightful Introduction Keith Carabine shows that these books are excruciatingly funny because Benson, like Jane Austen, invites the reader to view the world through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia and the self-deluded chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth. Carabine also concentrates on the novels' disturbing, bitchy, "camp" humour whenever "that horrid thing which Freud calls sex" is raised. Contains: 'Queen Lucia', 'Miss Mapp' and 'Lucia in London'. AUTHOR: Edward Frederic Benson (1867 1940) was a prolific English writer, producing over ninety books during his long career. Best remembered for the much-loved 'Mapp and Lucia' books, he was also an adept writer of supernatural fiction.

Product code: 9781840226737

ISBN 9781840226737
Series Wordsworth Classics
No. Of Pages 640
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS32
Outrageously pretentious, hypocritical and snobbish, Queen Lucia, 'as by right divine' rules over the toy kingdom of 'Riseholme' based on the Cotswold village of Broadway. Her long-suffering husband Pepino is 'her prince-consort', the outrageously camp Georgie is her 'gentleman-in-waiting', and the village green is her 'parliament'.