Contemporary Fiction scholar Maura Tan never had a taste for works set before the time they were written. The authenticity of place and social mores she felt her reading required, and which she got from the likes of Thackeray and Austen, James and Wharton, always seemed to be missing.
But then she was introduced to the works of Georgette Heyer. And, book by book, across dozens and dozens of them, she came to appreciate historical fiction — and especially historical romance — as an eminently worthy literary pursuit.
This is how it happened.