Authors: Sackville-West, Vita
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
As a nineteen-year-old heir to a vast country estate, Sebastian is a regular at the extravagant parties thrown by his mother. Constrained by his responsibilities as a part of the upper class, yet without the courage to strike a different path for himself, Sebastian embarks on a series of socially acceptable but unsatisfying love affairs. But when offered the change for an alternative life by explorer Leonard Anquetil, Sebastian must choose between the comfortable, dutiful life he has always know and one filled with adventure and the unknown. Offering a glimpse of aristocratic life just before King George V’s coronation, The Edwardians reveals the hidden delights of aristocratic society that ultimately led to its demise.
Originally published in 1930, The Edwardians is one of Vita Sackville-West’s later novels. As the only child of the 3rd Baron Sackville, Sackville-West understood the obligations and restrictions of the upper class, and The Edwardians is both a critique of aristocratic life during the Edwardian period, and a reflection of her own experiences.
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