Imposture

Imposture

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Baker & Taylor
Thinking she has met the man of her dreams when she embarks on a love affair with a man she believes to be Lord Byron, passionate and bookish young Eliza Esmond is startled to learn to learn about her paramour's true identity as the look-alike author of a successful book believed to have been written by Byron. Original.

Norton Pub
A love affair based on a case of mistaken identity, set in an impeccable re-creation of nineteenth-century London.
Lord Byron was the greatest writer and most notorious, scandalous lover of his age—an irresistible attraction for a sheltered, bookish, and passionate young woman like Eliza Esmond. Eliza believes she's met Byron on the doorstep of his publisher, and that her dreams have come true when he arranges to meet her in secret. But what if the man she believes to be Byron is someone else—a look-alike named John Polidori, who once toured Europe as Byron's doctor? And if Polidori is the true author of a wildly successful book everyone believes to have been written by Byron, who is the real imposter?Stylish, subtle, and seductive, Imposture is about ambition, fantasy, the power of artistic greatness, and the consequences of celebrity—by a gifted novelist of true talent. Reading group guide available.

Blackwell North Amer
Lord Byron was the greatest writer and the most notorious, scandalous lover of his age - and irresistible attraction for a sheltered, bookish, and passionate young woman like Eliza Esmond. Eliza believes she's met Byron on the doorstep of his publisher, and that her dreams have come true when he arranges to meet her in secret. But what if the man she believes to be Byron is someone else - a look-alike named John Polidori, who once toured Europe as Byron's doctor?

Baker
& Taylor

When she embarks on a love affair with a man she believes to be Lord Byron, passionate and bookish Eliza Esmond is startled to learn about her paramour's true identity as the look-alike author of a successful book believed to have been written by Byron.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393329735
0393329739
Characteristics: xxi, 200 p. ; 21 cm

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LuminiferousAether
Feb 21, 2013

I would have no problem at all with this book if it were described as "alternate history," which it is. It seems as though it's meant to be accurate, however, and that is the really annoying part. The main character, who in real life was very intelligent, is portrayed as being a whiny idiot. In fact, most everyone in this novel would fall into that category, too. The way the author writes dialogue doesn't help, either. I see he has written other novels that somehow involve Byron (or Byron's former employees, in this case), but I am not inclined to read them.

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