Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Book - 2008
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From the author of the international bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring and  At the Edge of the Orchard , comes a stirring eighteenth-century coming-of-age tale

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.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2008, c2007.
ISBN: 9780452289079
0452289076
Branch Call Number: CHEVALIE
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 20 cm.

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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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