The Sylph - 'a Young Lady'

Author(s): Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire


The Sylph by Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire. The Sylph is a 1778 novel by Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire. It was her second printed work and was published anonymously under the name 'A Young Lady'. The Sylph is an epistolary novel. It centres on Julia Grenville, a Welsh beauty and ingenue (with whom there are parallels with Cavendish herself) who leaves her idyllic rustic life to marry a rich member of the aristocracy. Over the course of time she uncovers the fact that her husband is a rake and a libertine, lavishing his wealth on gambling and mistresses. The letters are chiefly written to her sisters and provide narrative detail about Julia's life in London and her disillusionment with the mores of the inhabitants of the city as well as her miscarriage. We also discover that she has a long-term admirer, Henry Woodley, that she has growing affections for another man (the Baron Ton-hausen) and also that she has a mysterious and enigmatic protector and guardian, who is the 'sylph' of the title. The sylph helps provide advice to Julia on the way to negotiate the labyrinth of metropolitan high society, appearing in the work only in the double fictional form of a masquerade.


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  • : 9781981177899
  • : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • : 0.36741
  • : November 2017
  • : .27 Inches X 8.5 Inches X 11 Inches
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