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The Sheik by E. M. Hull
  

The Sheik

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Synopsis

The Sheik by E. M. Hull

Diana Mayo is young, beautiful, wealthy-and independent. Bored by the eligible bachelors and endless parties of the English aristocracy, she arranges for a horseback trek through the Algerian desert. Two days into her adventure, Diana is kidnapped by the powerful Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, who forces her into submission. Diana tries desperately to resist but finds herself falling in love with this dark and handsome stranger. Only when a rival chieftain steals Diana away does the Sheik realize that what he feels for her is more than mere passion. He has been conquered-and risks everything to get her back. The power of love reaches across the desert sands, leading to the thrilling and unexpected conclusion. One of the most widely read novels of the 1920s, and forever fixed in the popular imagination in the film version starring the irresistible Rudolph Valentino, The Sheik is recognized as the immediate precursor to the modern romance novel. When first published there was nothing like it: To readers the story was scandalous, exotic, and all-consuming; to such critics as the New York Times the book was shocking, although written with a high degree of literary skill. In the author's native England, the bestselling book was labeled poisonously salacious by the Literary Review and banned from some communities. But the public kept reading. The influence of The Sheik on romance writers and readers continues to resonate. Despite controversy over its portrayal of sexual exploitation as a means to love, The Sheik remains a popular classic for its representation of the social order of its time, capturing contemporary attitudes toward colonialism as well as female power and independence that still strike a chord with readers today.

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This was the first real romance novel I ever read and it changed my life. -Jayne Ann Krentz The Sheik . . . continues to be an outstanding and highly recommended romance novel for a whole new generation of readers. -Bookwatch


About the Author

E. M. Hull was the pseudonym of Edith Maude Winstanley.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th May 2001

Author

E. M. Hull

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Publisher

Pine Street Books an imprint of University of Pennsylvania Press

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Historical romance

ISBN

9780812217636

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