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Contains: 'Mapp and Lucia', 'Lucia's Progress' and 'Trouble for Lucia'. With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury. These three wonderful comic novels drolly record the battle between Lucia and Elisabeth Mapp for social and cultural supremacy in the village of Tilling (based on Rye). Their constant skirmishes ensure that every game of bridge, tea or dinner-party, church service, council meeting or art exhibition are thrilling encounters that ensure Tilling is always on "a very agreeable rack of suspense". Both Elisabeth and Lucia are gross hypocrites, snobs and bullies, the huge differences in temperament and style ensure the battle is usually unequal. Elisabeth is incurably mean-spirited and Lucia suffers from splendid delusions of grandeur and personal prestige. Driven by demons of revenge, Elisabeth always acts impulsively, and therefore every revelation of her meanness allows Lucia, the consummate actress, to kill her ally with a sickening kindness. 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. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840226744
ISBN-10: 1840226749
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 34mm)
Pages: 672
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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