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Elizabeth Visits America   By: (1864-1943)

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Elizabeth Visits America by Elinor Glyn is a captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey across the Atlantic. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows Elizabeth, a young Englishwoman, as she embarks on an adventure to the United States. Glyn's vivid descriptions effortlessly transport readers to a bygone era, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and culture of both England and America.

One of the book's strengths lies in its well-developed characters. Elizabeth is a charming protagonist, characterized by her wit, intelligence, and curiosity about the world around her. Throughout her travels, she encounters an array of colorful individuals, from wealthy socialites to struggling immigrants. Each character is meticulously crafted, with their own unique backgrounds and motivations, providing a rich tapestry of personalities.

The author's writing style is elegant and evocative, painting detailed landscapes and settings. Glyn's attention to detail is second to none, whether describing the opulent ballrooms of London or the bustling streets of New York City. Her prose is fluid and graceful, enhancing the narrative and creating a sense of immediacy. The dialogue is also well-written, capturing the nuances of each character's speech and bringing them to life.

While the story primarily revolves around Elizabeth's journey, it also touches upon larger themes such as social class, gender roles, and the contrasting cultures of England and America. Glyn skillfully explores these themes throughout the narrative, subtly highlighting the differences and similarities between the two nations.

Moreover, the book seamlessly weaves historical events into the plot, immersing readers in the political and social context of the time. From discussions on suffrage movements to the aftermath of World War I, Elizabeth Visits America offers a panoramic view of the era, making it an educational and thought-provoking read.

However, the novel does have its drawbacks. The pacing occasionally feels slow, particularly during Elizabeth's more mundane experiences. Additionally, some readers might find the emphasis on social class and societal norms to be dated, reflecting the time period in which the book was written.

In conclusion, Elizabeth Visits America is a captivating historical novel that takes readers on a transatlantic journey filled with adventure, romance, and commentary on society. Elinor Glyn's masterful storytelling and her attention to detail make this book an immersive and engaging read. Fans of historical fiction and those interested in early 20th-century society will find much to enjoy in this well-crafted tale.

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"Three Weeks," "The Visits of Elizabeth," "The Reflections of Ambrosine," "The Vicissitudes of Evangeline," "Beyond the Rocks," "The damsel and the Sage"


[Illustration "the Marchioness of Valmond" (Elizabeth)]


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Elizabeth Visits America

After a few years of really perfect domestic bliss Elizabeth and her "Harry" had a rather serious quarrel, which ended in Lord Valmond's going off to shoot big game in the wilds of Africa, leaving Elizabeth, who (in the absence of her mother and her favourite cousin, Octavia, abroad) had taken refuge with her great aunt Maria at Heaviland Manor, in an obstinate and disconsolate frame of mind.

Lord Valmond was two days out on his voyage when Elizabeth wrote to her parent:


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Dearest Mamma, I hope you are taking every possible care of Hurstbridge and Ermyntrude and seeing that the sweet angels do not eat pounds of chocolate between meals... Continue reading book >>

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