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Anya Seton DEVIL WATER First Edition

Anya Seton DEVIL WATER First Edition

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First UK edition, first print hardback of DEVIL WATER by Anya Seton and published by Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London in 1962.

The book is in very good condition (Clean green boards with gilt lettering on spine with red background) with slight wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (minor fraying / rubbing to the spine edges, light rubbing to the corners, and slight tanning inside the jacket). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. There is slight rippling to the spine edge of the half title page and last page at the back probably due to a production fault.

Anya Seton was born in New York City and grew up on her father's large estate in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, where visiting Indians taught her Indian dancing and woodcraft. One Sioux chief called her Anutika, which means 'cloud grey eyes', a name which the family shortened to Anya. She was educated by governesses, and then travelled abroad, first to England, then to France where she hoped to become a doctor.

She studied for a while at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Paris before marrying at eighteen and having three children. She began writing in 1938 with a short story sold to a newspaper syndicate and the first of her novel My Theodosia was published in 1941. Anya Seton's historical novels were noted for how extensively she researched the historical facts, and some of them were best-sellers: Dragonwyck (1944) and Foxfire (1950) were both made into Hollywood films. Three of her books are classics in their genre and continue in their popularity to the present. She died in 1990.

"Devil Water is the old name for the burn which still flows by the ruins of Dilston Castle in Northumberland: and the 'Devil's Water' is an old smile for fear. 'L'eau benite du diable - c'est la peur' is a medieval French saying. The Radcliffes of Dilston had great need to transmute the Devil's Water into courage,

This is a novel of James,the young Earl of Derwentwater, who lost his life for his share in the Jacobite Risings of 1715; of Charles, his brother, beheaded after the'45, the last Englishman to die for the cause; and of Jenny, daughter of Charles, whose strange, eventful story is Anya Seaton's special discovery in her researches for this book.

Here is conflict, courage and loyalty, recreated in the lives of these people who chose their course and kept to it - a stubborn, perhaps misguided loyalty, but given to a cause as poignant as any of the lost causes with which history is studded."

574 pages. Maps on endpapers.

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