At a glance:
- Author: Alison Lurie
- First Published: 1984
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Comedy of manners
- Setting: London
- Characters: Virginia “Vinnie” Miner, Charles “Chuck” Mumpson, Fred Turner, Lady Rosemary Radley
- Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Comedy of manners, Novel
- Subjects: Teaching or teachers, Intellectuals, Class conflict, Love or romance, Sex or sexuality, Marriage, Prejudices or antipathies, Social life, 1980's, College life, England or English people, Adultery, Wit or humor, London, Colleges or universities, Learning or scholarship, Parties
- Locales: Europe, London, England, United Kingdom
Virginia Miner is an unmarried fifty-four-year-old professor of children’s literature at Corinth University, a major Ivy League college. She is flying to London for a six-month stay on a grant to study British schoolyard rhymes, her field of expertise. Her work has been criticized, most notably by fellow academic L. D. Zimmern, for being slight and inconsequential.
Miner is, by her own admission, unattractive (she is prone to self-pity and has an imaginary dog named Fido who appears whenever she feels sorry for herself). Although married briefly, she has...
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