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Preview — The Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey
The Wayward Muse: A Novel
With these words, the scandalous, wildly talented painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti changes seventeen-year-old Jane Burden's life forever. Jane's gaunt, awkward figure and grave expression have cemented her reputat ...more
In summary, the only person I would recommend this book to would be either someone who loves trite romance novels and knows nothing of the Pre-Raphaelit ...more
The book centers on the love affair between Jane Burden (later Morris) and Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Rosetti is a talented painter who retains Jane as his model and muse.
The writing is pedestrian, imagery is lacking, tension between characters is laughable, the plot is thin and
When attending a theater production, Jane's life changed dramatically the day she met Dante Gabriel Rossetti. At the ripe age of 17, Dante plucked her like a pomegranate and took her from poverty to the rich, exciting world of the ...more
"The Wayward Muse" is a well-researched work of historical fiction that traces Jane Burden's rise from the slums of Oxford to her work as Rossetti's model, ...more
The detail given to the costuming, artwork and living situation is very well done. And the dynamics of the relationships are interesting. I have to say that I was never able to feel for Jane Burden as the m ...more
The characters were pretty well drawn and the plot was a little short to me but againt hat might have been my fault for not knowing more about the historical basis of the book.
Some undoubtedly will enjoy this short book.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the ...more
That almost never happens. Usually when I find out that a story is based on real events I'm annoyed. There isn't usually a reason for this reaction, but something that I can't really put my finger on. True stories don't usually do it for me.
But this, I just found myself more interested in the characters and ended up reading other things about them as we ...more
I feel that the author has only scratched the surface of something that could have been a very good story ...
Most specifically Gabriel Dante Rosetti, William Morris, Jane Burden Morris & Lizzie Sidall. I have owned a large print of Persopone for years. The face & figure of Rosetti's beautiful rendering is that of Jane Morris. This is an interesting, part factual, part fictional account of her entry into the charmed & cursed circle of the Pre-Raphelite Brother/Sisterhood & life thereafter.