An Untimely Frost

An Untimely Frost

by Ted Morrissey


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In the novel An Untimely Frost, or The Authoress, set in 1830s London, American author Jefferson Wheelwright seeks out the reclusive English novelist Margaret T. Haeley, creator of Dunkelraum's monster and widow of the poet Stephen Haeley. The story is inspired by Washington Irving's rumored courtship of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The book also includes the author's essay "Researching the Rhythms of Voice" and discussion questions.

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ISBN-13: 9780989515115
Publisher: Twelve Winters Press
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Ted Morrissey has published the novel Men of Winter and the novelette Figures in Blue, as well as short fiction in nearly twenty national and international journals, including Glimmer Train, Paris Transcontinental and PANK. His essays on writing have appeared in North American Review, Writers Ask and Slush Pile Magazine. A Ph.D. in English studies, he has also published the monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, recipient of the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship. The father of three adult sons, he lives just north of Springfield, Illinois. Visit for further information.

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An Untimely Frost 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Jefferson Wheelwright, an American author in a tour of Europe, hopes to meet the famous authoress Margaret Haeley while in London. His first attempt is unsuccessful but he eventually befriends her after rescuing her servant, Thursday, who broke his leg. However, Jefferson quickly discovers that Margaret has been removed from the world since the drowning of her husband in a boating accident 17 years earlier. In fact, she seems to be suffering from a mental illness as she is losing her grasp of reality. Soon, Jefferson realizes that he is falling in love with her. At the same time, he is struggling to finish his book, Andersen’s Romance. Set in 1830s London, An Untimely Frost is inspired by Washington Irving’s rumored courtship of Mary Shelley when he was touring England. The writing is beautiful and elaborate, and is a testament to the research Ted Morrissey has conducted for this book. In order to be true to the way of writing and speaking of this period, the author read letters written by Washington Irving to get a sense of the language used at the time. As a result, the book feels like a Victorian novel. There are also a lot of literary references from Wordsworth to Byron and Shakespeare. However, I found the novel to be very slow going at times. It was also depressing and dark. In addition , the use of stories within a story was sometimes confusing, their purpose not always clear. In conclusion, An Untimely Frost will appeal to readers who like historical novels with a bleak mood. An Untimely Frost was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.