Passion: A Novel of the Romantic Poets

June 15, 2017 - Comment

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

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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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Kara Bernardi Anthony says:

Romantic poets & their women reimagined — very much worth the read!!! I am such a big fan of Jude Morgan’s lush representation of the Romantics and recreation of this era. I have always been fascinated with Byron and Shelley’s lives and works, and this novel brings their personas to life in a vividly reimagined way. My singularly favorite voice in this work belongs to Lady Caroline Lamb, such a tragic yet dynamic and compelling figure. I love that Morgan has breathed such life and depth and clarity to these women. I know this novel is not without its flaws but I…

Dana Huff says:

A New Understanding of the Romantic Poets Jude Morgan’s Passion begins as Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Shelley, attempts to commit suicide by drowning herself. The rest of the novel unfolds as the lives of the Romantic poets Byron, Shelley, and Keats are told through the voices of the women who loved them: Lady Caroline Lamb, Augusta Byron Leigh, Mary Shelley, and Fanny Brawne. At times the stories entwine as the women move in the same circles, and ultimately, each is left behind as the man she loved dies before her. How each…

Kathleen Valentine says:

Extraordinary People + Extraordinary Situations = Passion The difference between genre fiction and literary fiction, Stephen King says, is that genre fiction is about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Literary fiction, however, is about extraordinary people in ordinary situations. This is a definition I like because it is both how I read and how I write. But what happens when extraordinary people live through extraordinary times? One result is Passion: A Novel of the Romantic Poets by Jude Morgan. 

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