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Publisher Comments:

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.

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"'Burning Bright' derives its title from the opening phrase of William Blake's great poem: 'Tyger, tyger, burning bright/ In the forests of the night. ...' When one learns that this novel's author is Tracy Chevalier, it follows as the night the day that we will enter the world of Blake's London and find 'fearful symmetry' there. If not precisely formulaic, Chevalier has by now established a formula... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The Blake connection, however, feels contrived and distracts from the plot, which weakens and loses steam after such a strong beginning — a minor quibble for fans of the genre or the author." Library Jounral

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"A story rich in background but lacking a compelling center." Kirkus Reviews

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"Chevalier has a fine eye for detail and delightfully captures the sights, smells and sounds of an earlier time." Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

London 1792. The Kellaways move from familiar rural Dorset to the tumult of a cramped, unforgiving city. They are leaving behind a terrible loss, a blow that only a completely new life may soften. Against the backdrop of a city jittery over the increasingly bloody French Revolution, a surprising bond forms between Jem, the youngest Kellaway boy, and streetwise Londoner Maggie Butterfield. Their friendship takes a dramatic turn when they become entangled in the life of their neighbour, the printer, poet and radical, William Blake. He is a guiding spirit as Jem and Maggie navigate the unpredictable, exhilarating passage from innocence to experience. Their journey inspires one of Blake's most entrancing works.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives in London, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452289079
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.98x5.98x.71 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Plume Books - English 9780452289079 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Blake connection, however, feels contrived and distracts from the plot, which weakens and loses steam after such a strong beginning — a minor quibble for fans of the genre or the author."
"Review" by , "A story rich in background but lacking a compelling center."
"Review" by , "Chevalier has a fine eye for detail and delightfully captures the sights, smells and sounds of an earlier time."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , London 1792. The Kellaways move from familiar rural Dorset to the tumult of a cramped, unforgiving city. They are leaving behind a terrible loss, a blow that only a completely new life may soften. Against the backdrop of a city jittery over the increasingly bloody French Revolution, a surprising bond forms between Jem, the youngest Kellaway boy, and streetwise Londoner Maggie Butterfield. Their friendship takes a dramatic turn when they become entangled in the life of their neighbour, the printer, poet and radical, William Blake. He is a guiding spirit as Jem and Maggie navigate the unpredictable, exhilarating passage from innocence to experience. Their journey inspires one of Blake's most entrancing works.
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