Tennyson's Gift

Tennyson's Gift

by LynneTruss (Author)

Synopsis

In July 1864, a corner of the Isle of Wight is buzzing with literary and artistic creativity. A morose Tennyson is reciting 'Maud' to empty sofas; the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is white-washing the roses for visual effect and the mismatched couple Ellen Terry and G.F. Watts are thrown into the company of the remarkable Lorenzo Fowler, the American phrenologist, and his daughter Jessie. Enter mathematician Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), known to Jessie as the 'fiendish pedagogue', and Lynne Truss's wonderfully imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness and riotous farce begins to take flight.

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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Profile Books
Published: 10 Jun 2004

ISBN 10: 1861977131
ISBN 13: 9781861977137

Media Reviews
'A comic novel of subtle distinction... A richly entertaining book, and at times a very moving one' - The Times 'An enormously entertaining novel, with some terrific writing throughout... a fast-moving farce which allows her sideswipes at the foibles of the famous. It is a delicious confection with some marvellous one-liners' - Sunday Telegraph '[A] wonderfully inventive jeu d'esprit... This epic of the Isle of Wight's literary apogee is virtually the perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it' - Independent 'A rollicking read. It is mischievous, light-hearted and fun, and it certainly made me want to find out more about the Freshwater circle' - Elisa Segrave, The Literary Review
Author Bio
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's top comic writers and is the author of the number one bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It has sold over three million copies worldwide and won the British Book of the Year award in 2004. She has also written four comic books, Going Loco, Making the Cat Laugh, Tennyson's Gift and With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, all available from Profile Books. She is a regular presenter on Radio 4, a Times columnist and a guest presenter for many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.