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The Victorian and the Romantic

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The Victorian and the Romantic by Nell Stevens
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Aug 07, 2018 | 272 Pages
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“[A] whip-sharp memoir.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Stevens is winningly self-deprecating, and an excellent observer of the absurdities of both romance and academia.” —The New Yorker

“Charming. . . . Afloat with admiration and affection for its subject. . . . [Stevens] has an analytical eye and a wonderful taste for absurdity.” —The Guardian
 
“A fascinating . . . view into the enigmatic experience of authorship and the vagaries of love.” —The Washington Post

“Utterly engaging. . . . Stevens is a very artful writer—the structure she chooses is inspired—and the book builds to a surprising, and surprisingly moving, ending.” —Rebecca Mead, NewYorker.com
 
“Stevens movingly interweaves her love life with that of 19th-century English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell in this lyrical work. . . . [She] nimbly explores the complexities of unrequited love, and of the camaraderie she formed with a writer who lived more than a century earlier.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A witty, humane work of historical storytelling brilliantly enmeshed with an almost love story. Nell Stevens intelligently shows us that it isn’t only the happy endings that come to define our lives, but also those loves that cannot be. I loved it.” —Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, author of The Tyranny of Lost Things
 
“Beautifully written.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Extraordinary, delightful and very moving. . . . [A] funny, heartfelt book.” —The Irish Times
 
“Equal parts personal memoir and history, [The Victorian and the Romantic] will appeal to anyone who has struggled with love, loss, and facing an uncertain future.” —Library Journal
 
“A tender, clever, sublimely crafted book that celebrates the struggles and triumphs of writing, love, and the desire for connection.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Island at the End of Everything
 
“[Stevens] captures the emotions involved when missing a loved one and wanting to be with them again, the sweet satisfaction of each reunion and the lengths they go to manage to see each other. Stevens evokes this spirit of longing and bliss throughout her own story, as well as that of Mrs. Gaskell, proving that though times may change, feelings of the heart never do.” —The Free Lance–Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
 
“Acutely observed and honest and melancholy. A truly lovely book.” —Jesse Greengrass, author of Sight
 
“A delightful read. . . . Stevens alternates chapters between her own life and her discoveries of Gaskell’s, using the device to great effect.” —Booklist

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