The Victorian and the Romantic by Nell Stevens

The Victorian and the Romantic

History meets memoir in two irresistible true-life romances--one set in 19th century Rome, one in present-day Paris and London--linked by a bond between women writers a hundred years apartIn 1857, English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell completed her most famous work: the biography of her dear friend Charlotte Bronte. As publication loomed, Mrs. Gaskell was keen to escape the reviews. So, leaving her dull minister husband and dreary provincial city be...

Details The Victorian and the Romantic

TitleThe Victorian and the Romantic
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Reviews The Victorian and the Romantic

  • Roman Clodia
    This might be a bit of an acquired taste as Nell Stevens, a PhD student at Kings, London, writes a book about ‘Nell Stevens’, a PhD student at Kings, London... The introduction states upfront that ‘this is a work of imagination’ – and in a way it’s the anti-thesis that Stevens couldn’t write telling as it does the imaginatively-reconstructed story of Elizabeth – Lily, who knew? – Gaskell’s understated but important love affair...
  • Bethany
    The Victorian and the Romantic is a genre-bending narrative that is immensely readable and at times funny and poignant. Part modern-day memoir, part historical examination, we follow dual narratives: that of the author as she embarks on a PhD in literature, and that of her research subject-Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell. Separated by more than a century, the lives of the two women parallel each other in interesting ways. Both are writers who ...
  • Moray Teale
    I received a free advance copy through Netgalley and Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review.I should really stop reading stories that are by/about writers failing at their PhDs, they so often end up occupying a no-mans-land between fiction and academia that I find intensely irritating. In this offering of fictionalised biolgraphy and autobiography Nell's thesis on Mrs Gaskell is plagued by vagueness and a lack of commitment as well as the l...
  • Rose
    I loved this book. It was beautifully written and I found it hard to put down. I loved the alternating viewpoints and how when in the viewpoint of Gaskell it was written "you" as if the reader were Gaskell. I loved, loved, loved, this book. It is memoir and history combined. I can't wait to read more from this author. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy of the book. All opinions expressed are my o...
  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    For my full review: read The Life of Charlotte Brontë when I was thirteen and was appalled.  I couldn't believe someone had written a biography so demonstrably false.  About ten years later, I watched the BBC adaptation of North and South and fell in love with John Thornton.  Reading the book affirmed the impression and I decided maybe Mrs Gaskell had redeeming qualities.  However, Brooding abou...
  • Victoria Wood
    Full Review, Overview, and Commentary on my blog - Victorian and The Romantic follows two narratives : Nell Stevens as she studies for her PhD, and the life of her research subject, Elizabeth Gaskell. The book alternates between chapters of Stevens’ life, and Gaskell’s as she discovers more about her, and how their lives are somewhat running parallel to each other. Despite being from different eras,...
  • Maureen
    I so want to say this was engrossing, fascinating, amusing, heart-wrenching, but I can only say it was OK. Eh. I did not feel compelled to rush back to its pages. As a matter of fact, I skipped some of the Mrs. Gaskell story. The Nell Stevens memoir story did hold my interest much, much more. I guess I would recommend it, but it would not be the first book I'd reach for if heading to the beach.That said, Nell Stevens does have a wonderful writing...
  • Zimes
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. I have always been a big fan of Elizabeth Gaskell, and so as soon as I read the synopsis I wanted to read this book. I enjoyed both the story of Nell Stevens's life and her thesis. Stevens use of language was beautiful to read. If you are a fan of the Victorian period I would highly recommend. I was also a big fan of the depth that she was able to give to her relationship in such a short am...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    What drew my interest to The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, A Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time was the pitch about “two irresistible true-life romances” set across time. I was very interested in how two lives set apart by over a century could be linked in such a way that a book could be dedicated to it. Sadly, the pitch was not realized for me because I found neither romance irresistible. I was also hoping for a link between th...