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He was the shameful cause of his sister Elena’s death and he stole state papers from England, yet Adrian Hart is feted by the best of society in Rome, and boldly dubs himself ‘Iago’. Determined to avenge Elena, his unrequited love, Lieutenant Andrew Sullivan asks the advice of poet and Shakespearian John Keats, and his artist friend Severn. Soon Percy and Mary Shelley join ...more
Paperback, Revised edition, 164 pages
Published July 16th 2016 by LIBRAtiger at CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 31st 2012)
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Lady*M
This is not a romance, but literary fiction. While there are some GLBT themes in the book, they are very much secondary.

One of the things I love about Julie Bozza's writing is the fact that she can change her writing style from book to book to fit their tone and theme. Whether it's a gritty police procedural, beautiful love story set in Australian Outback or, in this case, speculative fiction set in alternate 1820s, she wields the chosen style with ease and brings to life an amazing cast of char
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Karen
The story takes place in Rome, where Keats had moved along with the painter Joseph Severn, hoping the more temperate climate would be better for Keats's health. It begins in the fall of 1920, a few months before Keats' death in February 1921. It brought me back my own early 20s and some still vivid and affecting classes focused on the Romantic poets over 40 years ago. Lady M's and Abigail Bok's reviews sum up the plot nicely, leaving the resolution open to other readers.
Abigail Bok
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t entirely remember how this short novel came my way (probably through the Historical Fictionistas group on Goodreads) or why I bought it, but it beguiled away my reading time for a couple of days so I’m glad I did. Set in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, it’s the tale of a young naval officer, Andrew Sullivan, who is sent to Rome on a mysterious personal mission by his captain. It seems the captain’s wife made away with herself, in shame and despair, after her brother stole so ...more
Bryn Hammond
It’s my sister’s. That’s a disclosure. I’m the proud dedicatee. That’s another. On these grounds, because I can’t work out the ethics, I won’t rate, I’ll just review.

The trio of star Romantic poets, Keats, Shelley, Byron – sort of like the Three Musketeers – with each his companion or offsider (wife, servant, friend) and – if I’m going to run with the Three Musketeers – our d’Artagnan is nothing of a poet, he’s a lieutenant in the navy, who requires their help or other input – it isn’t always as
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Narrelle
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know a lot about 19th century poets but I know what I…

No. That’s it. I don’t know a lot about 19th century poets.

I do read some 19th century literature, though – mainly Arthur Conan Doyle and select Gothic horror novels, which I love for their arcane delicacy and creeping horror as much as for the rich language.

Julie Bozza’s novel, The Fine Point of His Soul, wonderfully combines Gothic horror and the poetic philosophy of the Romantics by having Keats, the Shelleys and Byron all as chara
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Lisa
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Finer Point Of His Soul is an innovative historical mystery, set in Rome in the 19th century. It is a tale of friendship and the encounter between good and evil featuring the Romantic Poets, a valiant sea captain and the inscrutable figure of Iago.

Somebody has stolen important papers from the English government. The sea captain must travel to Rome to retrieve them from the suspected thief.
He enlists the help of John Keats and his friends and together they embark on a journey that will lead to
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Spitz
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Unusual, skillful incorporation of real historical figures with a fascinating narrator and fantastical gothic story.
The Inked Reader
2.5 stars

I won this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. I thought it was gonna be a historical fiction but I would definitely put in the literal fiction genre, although it does take place in the past.
It is a very short book, almost like a long novella and you follow a bunch of famous poets in this "alternative" story about a few months of their life while in Rome. Being Italian and familiar with the city, I was curious about how the city was described but apart from a bunch of Italian names of
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