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A classic work of escapist literature that explores the power of makeovers and questions of masculinity by the master of the historical romance genre—featuring an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean.
Strong, handsome, mostly silent Philip Jettan is in love with Cleone Charteris, the girl next door and his childhood friend. Cleone loves Philip, but she dislikes his disdain for fashionable clothing, his lack of sophistication, and his assumption that they will get married. Determined to win Cleone’s heart, Philip travels to Paris. Under the tutelage of the Marquis de Château-Banvau, Philip learns how to duel, write poetry, and find the perfect accessory for any outfit. But will Philip’s transformation from unrefined country bumpkin to stylish, courtly dandy result in a change of heart, too?
This edition restores the final chapter, which Heyer removed when she republished the novel as Powder and Patch.
The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance:
AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES . THE AWAKENING . THE HEADS OF CERBERUS . LADY AUDLEY’S SECRET . PASSING . THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILIP JETTAN . VILLETTE