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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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And when Miranda is introduced to Dragonwyck and the life the Van Ryn’s lead, the reader is also introduced to a feudal system that seems unlikely in American history. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. But that resemblance was shattered as soon as Nicholas Van Ryn appeared. Dragonwyyck he takes her to meet his wife, Johanna, a dull, obese woman who is preoccupied with food. Miranda heads off, intrigued to meet this unknown cousin and resolving to make the most of her stay with this — as she assumes — venerable gentleman and his wife.

She was the daughter of English-born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts anyaa America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton- Anya Seton January 23, although the year is often misstated to be or – November 8, was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann Seton.

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The rich of Dutch New York are explored with all their wealth, society, and social strata. I had to smile at your comment about Green Darkness: Also, apart from the fairly effective Gothicness, there’s a lot of interesting stuff about the anyq and ddragonwyck class ways of life in early 19th-century New York, plus convincing cameo appearances by Herman Melville and Edgar Allan Poe, among others.

According to my experience, it isn’t a typical piece, it is hard to mark it as one genre. This page was last edited on 29 Julyat In the letter Van Ryn invites one of the Wells girls to Dragonwyck, to act as company for his daughter Katrine. I loved the book as a girl. When they stand talking by the fire, he places a ring on her finger, the Van Ryn betrothal ring that Johanna never wore.


This was a compelling and, at times, horrifying book that I could not put aanya

Dragonwyck Summary & Study Guide

June 16, June 26, Which periods do Seton’s other books cover, the ones that you’ve read, at least? So he’s not swoonworthy; however, he IS one of the main characters so you see a lot of him. Has she scooped the jackpot or drawn the short straw? Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and re First published inDragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Overall, this is Miranda’s story and her journey and her development as a character and woman made the read worth while.

I really couldn’t understand the farmers issues with the Patroon? None shown to reader explicitly but marital rape is obviously an issue on several occasions. The male characters were much better developed and interesting, the sociopathic Nicholas van Ryn and the rough, heroic young doctor.

There’s a movie version with Vincent Price as dragknwyck lord of the manor. Apr 06, Oriana dragonwyvk it really liked it Shelves: Miranda is the poor but beautiful girl who dreams of living in Dragonwyck.

This, however, takes place in the 19th century Hudson River valley. Also, apart from the fairly effective Gothicness, there’s Still not Katherine all right, all right, I should just reread that alreadybut a reasonably good Dragownyck set in s New York. Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky. I actually enjoyed the book so much that I’ll probably end up buying it to read again, even abya I haven’t re-read a book in about four years something you can do when you have a great library. In a world where at her age she needs to be looking for suitors to settle down, her family mistakes h Wow Dragonwyck is a gothic romance in the vein of Jane Eyre, albeit sdton in America just before the Civil War.

Paperbackpages. And most of all, I can understand characters not according to my modern views and opinions but according to their views and belief. At the time, there is an ongoing feud between two rival factions staging two different versions of the play, one headed by an English actor, favored by the gentry, and another, led by an American actor, favored by setoon general public—and class warfare is brewing.


Miranda has to change in order to find happiness with the true hero of the book the selfless Dr. I’m glad I got round to reading it but I wish I’d got to it sooner, because I would have enjoyed it a lot more in my teens.

Jeff is invited to spend the night there. Book ratings by Goodreads. The story goes through times of mild happiness and bitter tragedy as all good gothic novels do. Is any of this really romantic?

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Unlike her brothers and sister she has always been a dreamer, caught up in tales of knights and ladies and fluttering romance: Whether it was mental illness or ghosts is not clarified. I thought Miranda was much like Hettie from Adam Bede Of course, she doesn’t know her cousin Nicholas at all; nor does she understand why his corpulent wife, Johanna would rather bury herself in teacakes and pastries than cross him. Ah, so that’s where I had heard this title before! View all 4 comments.

The worst flaw to me was the romance part, because I saw absolutely no reason that the two should be in love with each other.

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Later, the center section of the boat bursts into flames and he carries Miranda to safety. Anya Seton has constructed a powerful story with a fascinating background – the final overthrow of the patriarchal and paternalistic manorial system imported by Dutch settlers – but she occasionally allows detail to overwhelm the action and introduces too many minor characters who have little to do other than observe the drama unfold.

I gave this vragonwyck stars simply because about pages out from the ending I felt like the book became really slow and the last 40 pages the momentum picked back up for me.

Anya Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland.

It is really a good book. Dragonwyck is also worse than normal gothic romances, because Miranda is never someone you root for, and Nicholas is never charming.