"Felony" is the story of the literary treachery that took place at No. 43 via Romana, Florence, where Claire Clairmont, once lover of Lord Byron and mother of his daughter Allegra, lived until her death in 1879. It is also the story on Henry Jame's brilliant novella "The Aspern Papers", which is based on that household and the nefarious doings of the lodger there, Edward Augustus Silsbee, thief and Shelleyite. "Felony" is about the misdemeanours inherent in writing - theft, false memory, plagiarism and greed for celebrity - and it demonstrates too the embarrassment and shame suffered in their quest.
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'An entertaining and super-subtle post-feminist rewriting of feminist rewritings.' -- Toby Litt, The Guardian
'Felony keeps you riveted with its rich taste for character and the mixture of comedy and pathos that surrounds them.' -- The Independent on Sunday
'It's a good idea, cleverly contrived and fluently written...it successfully creates an imaginative world that stays with you.' -- The Spectator
'Lovers of literary detective stories will find hours of entertainment in unpicking Felony's tangled weave of fact and invention...a triumph of ingenuity.' -- Jane Shilling, The Times
'Written in a clever, and often funny, pastiche of the Master's grand middle style, and they give a vivid picture of him as a character from one of his novels.' -- TLS
A delicious tale of literary theft.
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Book Description Vintage, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099283972