The young aspiring poet Alexander Pope crosses paths with
the coquettish Arabella and man about town Lord Petre at a masquerade ball.
It’s 1711, and the fashionable citizens of London are weary of recent political
and social upheaval and are intent on simply pursuing enjoyment. But society in
general is not accepting of any attraction that can’t restrain itself behind at
least a veneer of respectability, and Arabella and Lord Petre’s intense
attraction is both unacceptable and dangerous. It certainly draws Pope’s
attention, and becomes the inspiration for The
Rape of the Lock, the work that catapults him to fame and fortune.
Set in a fickle world where a choice word can undo a
reputation and the turn of a card can make or break a fortune, this richly
imagined novel by a talented new writer is a riveting portrait of an era and an
exuberant, erotic tale of intrigue, betrayal, and envy.
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