Favorite Georgian-Era Quote:
I added, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
“No,” said (George) Selwyn, “nor under the grandson.”
The Letters of Horace Walpole, Vol 3 1759-1769
I am not stellar at introductions, or speaking about myself, but if you smiled at that quote I trust we are on the same page.
Whenever I despair of the world, find it too annoying to endure, or overwhelming in what feels new and unprecedentedly hideous ways, I turn
to history for a bit of perspective. The above excerpt from Horace Walpole’s letters often comes to mind. It is funny, of course. But it also reminds one that despair, frustration, and feelings of hopelessness are as old as Adam. I believe that History - true, unvarnished, baffling, and sometimes distasteful - is, nevertheless, the most important thing we have: essential for knowing our world and our place in it.
So, that is my shpeal about why I research and write what I write. Your reviews and letters have helped me understand these motivations and have been tremendously encouraging. That means the world to me - so thank you.
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PRAISE FOR HUGH
"...I found it absolutely fascinating…Sui generis, thoroughly interesting, fabulously vivid in place and time, and I’m glad I read it.”
– K.J. Charles, author of The Magpie Lord
"Intriguing, ambitious, and pretty damn delightful... written with passionate conviction and without compromise 'Hugh' has the flavour of a queer Tom Jones or a queerer Tristram Shandy. This is a genuinely impressive accomplishment, as is the satirical tone, and the archness of dialogue.”
– Alexis Hall, author of Boyfriend Material
"...a work of queer historical archiving that’s as admirable and remarkable as its hero.”
– Kirkus Reviews