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Immensely entertaining, Passion chronicles the glamorous, scandalous lives of the Romantic poets Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats through the outrageous exploits of the passionate women who shared their world and their beds.
Hedonistic rogue Lord Byron perfects the art of seduction, practicing on the irrepressible Lady Caroline Lamb, and later on his own half sister. Young Mary Godwin, daughter of the feminist crusader Mary Wollstonecraft, decamps with the married Shelley on a European odyssey, taking her stepsister along for the ride. The freethinking ménage meets up with Byron, attracting the unfavorable notice of society and fermenting dangerous jealousies from within. Back in England, Fanny Brawne strives through sheer force of will to sustain the ailing Keats, the only one of the three poetic masters whose infamy will not rival his literary legacy.
The grand adventures of these men and their astonishing women are played out against the palatial backdrop of English Regency opulence, aristocratic social conventions, and the familial expectations of a culture that refuses to yield to the avant-garde arrangements of the gifted but reckless young writers. These unconventional artists developed legendary reputations, but even more remarkable is the early age at which they achieved fame and, subsequently, perished. Morgan has created a fantastical tapestry of epic proportions; equal parts history, romantic comedy, and tragedy, this book is impossible to put down. (Holiday 2005 Selection)