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Lovers and Friends

(1921)
A novel by

 
E. F. Benson leads his readers to the contemplation of those extremely high-bred and amazingly ill-mannered personages on whom his polished wit delights to spend itself. Eva, the heroine, is as unpleasant a young woman as ever invited the sympathy of the public in her self-made woes. Trading on her beauty, she sells herself with cold deliberateness to the highest bidder in the marriage-market, Lord Hayes; and then, not content with the excellent bargain she has made, proceeds to render that unfortunate nobleman's life a burden to him by her malignant temper and monstrous selfishness. Her beauty and rank make Lady Hayes the sensation of the season, and she is able to relieve her chronic disease of 'ennui' by breaking hearts at random. But even this pastime soon palls upon her, and then she tries a new excitement by seducing the affections of a perfectly handsome and intolerably stupid young fellow from his lawful love. Reggie Davenport, the big, brainless, pretty boy, is dazzled by Lady Hayes' charms to an extent that drives his fiance into breaking off the engagement, and meanwhile his own very commonplace attractions have thawed the frozen heart of Eva. As Lord Hayes is carried off by a timely attack of heart-disease just at this crisis, the way seems clear for marriage between the foolish boy and the siren who has bewitched him. But Eva, loving him, and knowing that he loves her, is seized with a caprice for a melodramatic suicide.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Lovers and Friends (1921)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-165-03430-1 / 978-1-165-03430-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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October 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Lovers and Friends (1921)
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-4372-5017-3 / 978-1-4372-5017-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Lovers and Friends
Author(s): E, F, Benson
ISBN: 1-4841-1258-X / 978-1-4841-1258-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Lovers And Friends
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-173-04821-9 / 978-1-173-04821-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Lovers and Friends (1921)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-92150-9 / 978-1-164-92150-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Lovers and Friends
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-146-36216-1 / 978-1-146-36216-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Lovers and Friends (1921)
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-4371-2264-7 / 978-1-4371-2264-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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