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Sophie Gee

Sophie Gee grew up in Sydney, Australia, and completed a PhD in English at Harvard in 2002. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Princeton. She was recently named the John E. Annan Bicentennial Preceptor, in recognition of her outstanding teaching and research as a member of Princeton's junior faculty. She divides her time between Princeton and New York. Please visit
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November 17, 2008

My first novel The Scandal of the Season is a romantic comedy that I discovered by accident.  I was writing my Ph.D about the famously misanthropic 18thC English poet Alexander Pope and I realized that a clandestine, upper-class romance lay behind his satirical poem The Rape of the Lock.  I decided to recreate it.  In my novel the love-affair takes the hero and heroine by surprise — they think of themselves as world-weary, emotionally savvy individuals, but they’re blindsided when they meet each other.

I was 30 years old when I wrote Scandal, living in L.A.  Soon before it was published I... see more



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