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Novels About Poets
Poets, like their poetry, have the power to engage and captivate us with their personal tales and tragedies. Enter the worlds of many well-known poets through these biographical novels.
A Quiet Adjustment : a novel - by Benjamin Markovits
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/14/2008
Share A Quiet Adjustment %3a  a novel ISBN-13: 9780393067002
ISBN-10: 0393067009
A novel told from the point of view of Lord Byron's wife Annabella, who ruminates on the differences between her courtship at a distance with the larger-than-life literary figure and the realities of their marriage, which include debts, depressions, and a deep dark family secret.
The Archivist : a novel - by Martha Cooley
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/1998
Share The Archivist %3a  a novel ISBN-13: 9780316158725
ISBN-10: 0316158720
Matt, a university archivist, and Roberta, a willful young poet, become unlikely friends even as they duke it out over a sealed collection of T.S. Eliot's letters. Personal parallels between the characters and their subjects and the interweaving of emotion, philosophy and morality add depth to this story.
The Blue Flower - by Penelope Fitzgerald
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/15/1997
Share The Blue Flower ISBN-13: 9780395859971
ISBN-10: 0395859972
This novel recreates the life of 18th-century German romantic poet Friedrich von Hardenberg, known as Novalis, and the decision that shocked his social group: to marry a plain, 12-year-old girl. His desire is summarized by the story of the blue flower: "I have no craving to be rich, but I long to see the blue flower....I can imagine and think about nothing else."
Exiles - by Ron Hansen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/13/2008
Share Exiles ISBN-13: 9780374150976
ISBN-10: 0374150974
Gerard Manley Hopkins and his poem "The Wreck of the Deutschland" are the dual subjects of this book; the writing of the poem and the event that spurred him to its creation (the sinking of a ship, whose victims included five Catholic nuns exiled from Germany) form the two threads that are woven together into the plot of this unique novel.
Fall of Frost - by Brian Hall
Publisher: Viking
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/27/2008
Share Fall of Frost ISBN-13: 9780670018666
ISBN-10: 067001866X
This tale of Robert Frost in his final year finds the poet a cantankerous old man, mourning the loss of the children who have predeceased him, yet still striving to make a difference in the world. He visits Russia to meet with Khruschev and vows to revive himself through his work.
How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life - by Mameve Medwed
Publisher: Morrow
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/01/2006
Share How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life ISBN-13: 9780060831196
ISBN-10: 0060831197
Abby's life is transformed when she discovers that a chamber pot bought at the Antiques Roadshow once belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning; this triggers a wild ride of events including a lawsuit over possession of said pot, a reporter who tries to court her, and a person from the past.
Other Sorrows, Other Joys : the Marriage of Catherine Sophia Boucher and William Blake - by Janet A. Warner
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/01/2003
Share Other Sorrows, Other Joys %3a  the Marriage of Catherine Sophia Boucher and William Blake ISBN-13: 9780312314408
ISBN-10: 031231440X
This novel about the marriage of Catherine and William Blake observes Kate's search for self in the shadow of her husband's genius and his bohemian world of unconventional principles and free love in the tumultuous 18th century.
Passion - by Jude Morgan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/2005
Share Passion ISBN-13: 9780312343682
ISBN-10: 031234368X
This novel is based on the lives of Keats, Shelley, and Lord Byron as seen through the eyes of the women in their lives: the notorious Lady Caroline Lamb, the practically unknown Fanny Brawne, the intelligent bluestocking Mary Shelley and the boundary-breaking Augusta Leigh.
Poe & Fanny - by John May
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/04/2004
Share Poe & Fanny ISBN-13: 9781565124271
ISBN-10: 1565124278
Edgar Allan Poe had a love affair with the poet Fanny Osgood at a difficult time in his life; his literary star was on the rise but his finances and family situation were in ruins. This novel brings the relationship to life against the backdrop of Poe's personal turmoil in his final years.
Wintering : a Novel of Sylvia Plath - by Kate Moses
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/01/2003
Share Wintering %3a  a Novel of Sylvia Plath ISBN-13: 9780312283759
ISBN-10: 031228375X
This recreation of Sylvia Plath's last months imagines her painfully giving life to her "Ariel" poems, divorcing Ted Hughes, and moving her children to London while struggling to maintain her mental balance, with famously tragic results.
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