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The complete Mapp and Lucia, v. 2,, E. F. Benson

Label
The complete Mapp and Lucia, v. 2,
Title
The complete Mapp and Lucia
Title number
v. 2,
Statement of responsibility
E. F. Benson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains: Mapp and Lucia; Lucia's Progress; Trouble for Lucia 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 chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth and through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia. Carabine also concentrates on the novels' disturbing, bitchy 'camp' humour whenever 'that horrid thing which Freud calls sex is raised'
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Benson, E. F
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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Carabine, Keith
Series statement
Wordsworth classics
Series volume
v.2
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  • Lucia (Fictitious character)
  • Women
  • Mapp, Miss (Fictitious character)
Target audience
general
Label
The complete Mapp and Lucia, v. 2,, E. F. Benson
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Mapp and Lucia (1931) Lucia's Progress (1935) Trouble for Lucia (1939)
Control code
9781840226744
Dimensions
20x13x3 cm.
Extent
672 p.
Isbn
9781840226744
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The complete Mapp and Lucia, v. 2,, E. F. Benson
Publication
Contents
Mapp and Lucia (1931) Lucia's Progress (1935) Trouble for Lucia (1939)
Control code
9781840226744
Dimensions
20x13x3 cm.
Extent
672 p.
Isbn
9781840226744
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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