Passion

Paperback | September 30, 2006

byJude Morgan

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Theirs was a world of obsession, genius, and above all.

In the turbulent years of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, three poets--Byron, Shelley, and Keats--come to prominence, famous and infamous, for their vivid personalities, and their glamorous, shocking, and sometimes tragic lives. In this electrifying novel, those lives are explored through the eyes of the women who knew and loved them--intensely, scandalously.

Four women from widely different backgrounds are linked by a sensational fate. Mary Shelley: the gifted daughter of gifted parents, for whom passion leads to exile, loss, and a unique fame. Lady Caroline Lamb: born to fabulous wealth and aristocratic position, who risks everything for the ultimate love affair. Fanny Brawne: her quiet, middle-class girlhood is transformed--and immortalized--by a disturbing encounter with genius. Augusta Leigh: the unassuming poor relation who finds herself flouting the greatest of all taboos.

With the originality, richness, and daring of the poets themselves, Passion presents the Romantic generation in a new and unforgettable light.

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Theirs was a world of obsession, genius, and above all. In the turbulent years of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, three poets--Byron, Shelley, and Keats--come to prominence, famous and infamous, for their vivid personalities, and their glamorous, shocking, and sometimes tragic lives. In this electrifying novel, those li...

JUDE MORGAN, who lives in England, studied creative writing with Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.32 × 5.56 × 1.48 inPublished:September 30, 2006Publisher:St. Martin's GriffinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312343698

ISBN - 13:9780312343699

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Romantic poets Byron, Shelley, and Keats were infamous for their vivid personalities and tragic lives. In this spellbinding novel, we see those lives through the women who loved them--intensely and scandalously. There's Mary Shelley, whose genius rivaled that of her poet-husband; Lady Caroline Lamb, who learned all too intimately that Byron was "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"; quiet Fanny Brawne; and Augusta Leigh, who would flout the greatest taboo. Brilliantly written and imagined, Passion takes us inside all the glory, tragedy, and longing of the Romantic generation.

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I can't remember when I last read a book that was so elegantly and stylishly written and yet at the same time so absolutely engrossing and compelling.