Ophelia's Muse

Ophelia's Muse

by Rita Cameron

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ISBN-13: 9781617738579
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 512 KB

About the Author

Rita Cameron grew up admiring the stunning women of Pre-Raphaelite painting, and spent many hours imagining the romantic lives of the artists who painted them. She studied English literature at Columbia University, and law at the University of Pennsylvania. But like many lawyers, she dreamed of writing a novel. She currently lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two children, and enjoys hiking, visiting wineries, and learning about local history. Visit her online at www.ritacameron.com.

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Ophelia's Muse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Lizzie is nineteen and works in a millinery shop making bonnets. The head milliner was Mrs Tozer, she told Lizzie to go home as she would be working in front of the shop in the morning. Lizzie had no friends in the girls she worked with so she just left without goodbye. Dante Rosetti was sitting through a lecture at the Royal Academy Of Arts. he was completely bored with the lecture and not so sure he wanted to finish the academy just for a promise of a steady income from his art as there was very strict parameters he would have to paint in. Dante had joined a new group of artists that wanted to change the face of art in England. Walter Deverell is also an artist sees her at the shop when he is there with his mother. He asks Lizzie to pose for him if a lady chaperon was provided otherwise Lizzie’s reputation would be shot. Then Dante sees Lizzie and is completely enthralled with her but his family doesn’t feel Lizzie is good enough for Dante. So Lizzie ends up his mistress as well as his muse. This was a good story especially knowing these people actually existed though the story was fiction. It taught me about that era and what it meant to be an artist and the censor to be a woman who is painted. I liked the characters a lot especially Dante and Lizzie and their love but differences as well as the other problems in their relationship. This story does drag some for me in places but not enough for me not to finish the book. I recommend. ‘I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
CPAC2012 More than 1 year ago
It’s 1850, London. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Siddal is a young seamstress sewing bonnets in a millinery, and at times shopgirl for the establishment where she works. A chance encounter with a young American painter named Walter Deverell, puts Ms. Siddal on her path to destiny and ultimately immortality, for while posing as a model for a Deverell’s painting, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, becomes besotted, and makes her his muse in painting and poetry; thus beginning a tumultuous relationship that will last for the rest of her life. Not only Deverell’s and Rossetti’s works were inspired by Lizzie Siddal; she became Hamlet’s Ophelia in the famous painting by John Everett Millais, also co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. I thought that Rodin and Camille Claudell’s relationship, as depicted in Rodin’s Lover, which I read earlier this year, had taken the cake for a tempestuous love affair, but apparently I was wrong. Lizzie Siddal and Rossetti’s affair is the ultimate testimony of two people that are destined to bring the best (and the worst) in each other. Love, loss of it, taking advantage of a less privileged person without intending to fulfilling promises, bouts of illness, manipulation, distortion of self and body image, drug abuse…This affair had it all, and probably the best thing come from all this suffering was the art created by the duo during their years of courtship. I became so repelled by Dante Rossetti’s lies that every time he started to make promises I felt like screaming to the book: “No, don’t listen. He doesn’t mean it!” But do characters listen? Never, so Lizzie kept falling ill and listening to promises that weren’t meant to be fulfilled. I just had to get that out of my system! Rita Cameron did her research and it shows, because she was very meticulous with her depictions of art and character sketches. I formed a negative opinion of Dante G. Rossetti, but I think it had more to do with my life experiences than the author’s intention to depict him as “less than a gentleman”. Lizzie was trapped in a relationship limbo because of the role women played in society. Rossetti saw marriage as the end of creative freedom and worldly pleasures. Both were right; they just expressed it in a destructive manner. If you want to imagine how all may have happened, then read this book. Otherwise you can save yourself the heartache and the madness and head to Wikipedia. I did both and felt richer for it. DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.