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“A first-rate example of a literary historical novel.”—Regan Upshaw, San Francisco Chronicle

In his “Byron trilogy,” Benjamin Markovits lovingly reinvents the nineteenth-century novel, true to its perfect prose, penetrating insight, and simmering passions. Inspired by the actual biography of Lord Byron—the greatest literary figure and most notorious sex symbol of his age—Markovits re¬imagines Byron’s marriage to the capable, intellectual, and tormented Annabella and the scandal that broke open their lives and riveted the world around them: Byron’s incestuous relationship with his impetuous half-sister, Gus. Their very different understandings of love and one’s obligations to society lead them all—and the reader—headlong to a devastating conclusion.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33022-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A psychological masterpiece.” — Amy Mathieson, The Scotsman

“Eloquent. . . . Annabella stands at the center of the narrative—a beautifully drawn character, portrayed with moral clarity as well as complexity.” — Jay Parini, New York Times Book Review

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