Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
From the bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring comes a stirring eighteenth-century coming-of- age tale

Tracy Chevalier, author of the international bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring, returns with another brilliantly rendered historical tale set in the waning days of eighteenth-century London. Poet, artist, and printer William Blake works in obscurity as England is rocked by the shock waves of the French Revolution. Next door, the Kellaway family has just moved in, and country boy Jem Kellaway strikes up a tentative friendship with street?savvy Maggie Butterfield. As their stories intertwine with Blake?s, the two children navigate the confusing and exhilarating path to adolescence, and inspire the poet to create the work that enshrined his genius.

Baker & Taylor
A latest work by the best-selling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn is a sweeping and romantic tale set against the historical backdrop of William Blake's London. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Poet, artist, and printer William Blake - local eccentric and political radical - works anonymously amidst the raucous din of a teeming, jittery London. Across the Channel, revolution is imploding in France. Nearby, the renowned Astley's Circus is rehearsing its upcoming show, and next door the Kellaway family, recently arrived from the countryside, is moving in. Maggie Butterfield, the streetwise daughter of a local rogue, is looking for trouble - or at least a friend. When she and young Jem Kellaway are drawn into Blake's spell, the chance meeting of three unusual souls sets the stage for an impassioned journal. Jem and Maggie spark the imagination of the poet, influencing one of the greatest and most mystical works in English literature, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

& Taylor

Presents a sweeping and romantic tale set against the historical backdrop of William Blake's London.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2007
ISBN: 9780525949787
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm

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Feb 06, 2018

Because I found this to be a dark kind of a read, not surprisingly given the time and setting, and in spite of the author's excellent writing, I was unable to gain enough interest to read this novel.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

After a tragic loss, the Kellaway family moves from Dorsetshire to Lambeth, on the outskirts of London, where their next door neighbor is none other than printer, poet, and political radical William Blake. As patriarch Thomas Kellaway abandons his furniture business to pursue a career as a set designer for a travelling circus, his children progress from innocence to experience: daughter Maisie attracts the attention of the circus impresario's son, while son Jem befriends a streetwise girl named Maggie. Heavy on atmosphere and detail-rich description, this moving coming-of-age story evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of 1792 London.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

martins_mom Apr 26, 2012

"Girl with the pearl earring" author Chevalier takes us to London at the end of the 18th century. William Blake, the English reaction to the French Revolution and the rough-and-tumble life of working people south of the river all play a part here.


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