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Dragonwyck

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Published by Chicago Review Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

A classic gothic romance, the story features an 18-year-old Miranda Wells who falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master. Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and receiving the dull young farmers who seek her hand in marriage, Miranda is excited by an invitation from the upstate New York estate of her distant relative, the intriguing Nicholas Van Ryn. Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed. Dressed in satin and lace, she becomes part of Dragonwyck, with its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, acres of tenant farms, and dark, terrible secrets. This compelling novel paints a marvelous portrait of a country torn between freedom and feudal traditions; a country divided between the very wealthy and the very poor. Poor tenant farmers at Dragonwyck, the European royalty who visit, and American icons such as Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and the Astors are vividly brought to life. This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck.

First Sentence

IT WAS ON AN AFTERNOON IN MAY OF 1844 THAT THE letter came from Dragonwyck.

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
352
Dimensions
7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
Weight
12.8 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL8596271M
Internet Archive
dragonwyck00anya
ISBN 10
1556525818
ISBN 13
9781556525810
Library Thing
42368
Goodreads
122856

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