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Red Hair   By: (1864-1943)

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Red Hair by Elinor Glyn is a truly captivating novel that transports readers to a time of high society and scandal. Set in Edwardian London, the story follows the life of the beautiful and enigmatic Diana May, who is known for her striking red hair. From the moment she enters the privileged world of the aristocracy, Diana's unconventional behavior and magnetic personality create a ripple of curiosity and astonishment among those who encounter her.

Glyn masterfully weaves a story filled with intricate relationships and hidden desires. The author delves deep into the complexities of human nature, exploring themes of love, lust, and societal expectations. Diana's allure and unruly spirit draw both men and women into her orbit, causing tension and jealousy to simmer beneath the polished veneer of the elite class. Glyn paints a vivid picture of the glittering parties, the opulent households, and the sweeping landscapes, providing readers with a rich and immersive reading experience.

The protagonist, Diana May, is a vibrant and intriguing character. With her fiery red hair and audacious behavior, she refuses to conform to society's expectations. Diana is unapologetically herself, raising eyebrows and challenging conventions wherever she goes. Her transformation throughout the story is enthralling to witness, as she navigates the treacherous waters of love amidst a backdrop of societal norms. Glyn's portrayal of Diana showcases her depth and complexity, making her a memorable and relatable character.

Another notable aspect of Red Hair is Glyn's eloquent writing style. Her prose is fluid and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the world and heightening the emotions of the characters. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, effectively capturing the wit and charm of the Edwardian era. Glyn's attention to detail shines through, as she meticulously describes the fashion, architecture, and social customs of the time, immersing readers completely in this bygone era.

Furthermore, the novel's plot is skillfully constructed, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers eagerly turning the pages. Glyn's ability to maintain suspense and intrigue throughout the story showcases her mastery as a storyteller. As the narrative unfolds, the complex web of relationships deepens, throwing both the characters and readers into a whirlwind of emotions.

While Red Hair is undoubtedly an engrossing novel, it does have its moments of melodrama and predictability. Some readers may find certain plot points a bit clichéd or overly dramatic, but these instances do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Red Hair is a captivating tale of passion, ambition, and societal expectations. Elinor Glyn's vivid descriptions and nuanced character development make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and romance. With its richly portrayed Edwardian setting and its compelling protagonist, the novel offers a captivating window into a bygone era.

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The Authors' Press Series of the Works of Elinor Glyn



Copyright, 1905, by ELINOR GLYN

When copyrighted by Elinor Glyn in 1905, this book was published under the title "The Vicissitudes of Evangeline."


November 3.

I wonder so much if it is amusing to be an adventuress, because that is evidently what I shall become now. I read in a book all about it; it is being nice looking and having nothing to live on, and getting a pleasant time out of life and I intend to do that! I have certainly nothing to live on, for one cannot count £300 a year; and I am extremely pretty, and I know it quite well, and how to do my hair, and put on my hats, and those things so, of course, I am an adventuress! I was not intended for this rôle in fact, Mrs. Carruthers adopted me on purpose to leave me her fortune, as at that time she had quarrelled with her heir, who was bound to get the place... Continue reading book >>

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