The Wayward Muse: A Novel (Paperback)Elizabeth Hickey (author)
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A stableman's daughter raised in the slums of Oxford, seventeen-year-old Jane is convinced of her own homeliness. But her fortunes forever change when she is discovered by the charismatic and irreverent painter, Rossetti. Jane is swept into the artist's world as model and muse and falls madly in love with him. When Rossetti abruptly leaves her, Jane reluctantly agrees to marry his protege, a shy craftsman named William Morris. But her passion for Rossetti never dies, and years later all three become entangled in a love triangle from which they will never escape.
Atmospheric and haunting, Elizabeth Hickey's latest historic novel gracefully explores the delicate and capricious nature of both love and art.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 421 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 23 mm
-- Tova Mirvis, author of The Ladies Auxiliary and The Outside World
"I will never again encounter a William Morris design or read a poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in quite the same way. Elizabeth Hickey's rendering of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in English poetry and art is evocative and enchanting. Jane Burden is a heroine worthy of the Bronte sisters."
-- Brenda Rickman Vantrease, author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller
"The Wayward Muse grants us and its protagonist, the plainest Jane from an Oxford slum, a shared dream: to be transported out of ourselves. With sumptuous and persuasive detail, the novel unveils for us the intoxications and burdens of always being someone's muse."
-- Jim Shepard, author of Project X and Love and Hydrogen