The Victorian and the Romantic

The Victorian and the Romantic

A Memoir, A Love Story, and A Friendship Across Time

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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History meets memoir in two true-life love stories between two sets of writers--one unfolding in nineteenth century Rome, one in present-day Paris and London--which both reveal the longings and ambitions of the very contemporary Nell Stevens. In 1857, English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, leaving her wholesome, dull minister husband at home, traveled to Rome and a man she knew was the love of her life. She knew they could never be together--it would be an unthinkable breach--but when she returned home to Mr. Gaskell, she discovered to her horror that while she was gone he had betrayed her in a way that she was not sure she could ever forgive. In 2013, Nell Stevens is in London, working on her dissertation, but questions of scholarly methodology take a back seat to her budding romance with Max, a soulful American with an unfinished screenplay. That is, until their relationship begins to founder, and the echoes between Nell's life and that of her historical subject become too strong to ignore. As these two storylines meet up in delightful, funny, and unexpected ways, Stevens evokes the bittersweet ache of lost love and the consolations of female writerly ambition.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385543507
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm
Summary: History meets memoir in two true-life love stories between two sets of writers--one unfolding in nineteenth century Rome, one in present-day Paris and London--which both reveal the longings and ambitions of the very contemporary Nell Stevens. In 1857, English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, leaving her wholesome, dull minister husband at home, traveled to Rome and a man she knew was the love of her life. She knew they could never be together--it would be an unthinkable breach--but when she returned home to Mr. Gaskell, she discovered to her horror that while she was gone he had betrayed her in a way that she was not sure she could ever forgive. In 2013, Nell Stevens is in London, working on her dissertation, but questions of scholarly methodology take a back seat to her budding romance with Max, a soulful American with an unfinished screenplay. That is, until their relationship begins to founder, and the echoes between Nell's life and that of her historical subject become too strong to ignore. As these two storylines meet up in delightful, funny, and unexpected ways, Stevens evokes the bittersweet ache of lost love and the consolations of female writerly ambition.

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