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First published in 1944, Dragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in 1946. A classic gothic romance, the story features an 18-year-old Miranda Wells who falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master. Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and receiving the dull young farmers who seek her hand in marriage, Miranda is excited by an invitation from the upstate New York estate of her distant relative, the intriguing Nicholas Van Ryn. 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. Dressed in satin and lace, she becomes part of Dragonwyck, with its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, acres of tenant farms, and dark, terrible secrets. This compelling novel paints a marvelous portrait of a country torn between freedom and feudal traditions; a country divided between the very wealthy and the very poor. Poor tenant farmers at Dragonwyck, the European royalty who visit, and American icons such as Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and the Astors are vividly brought to life. This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2005, c1944
ISBN: 9781556525810
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 20 cm


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BugLady1 Sep 18, 2012

Loved how this story took me to a different place in time. A gothic romance with many historical correlations. Anya Seton paints a vivid picture of each scene with her words.

Jun 17, 2006

At the age of 18, Miranda has been invited by wealthy distant cousin Nicholas Van Ryn, whom she's never met, to move to his estate and serve as governess to his young daughter. Initially, it seems like a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience life of a different social standing to Miranda, who grew up on a farm. Before long, however, she finds herself attracted to Nicholas and, despite the presence of his gluttonous wife, the sentiment appears to be mutual. This is one of Anya Seton's earlier works and focuses less on historical events than some of her other books, but I still recommend it.


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