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Ophelia's Muse


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Ophelia's Muse


OPHELIA'S MUSE: A NOVEL

About the Book

With her pale, luminous skin and cloud of copper-colored hair, nineteen-year-old Lizzie Siddal looks nothing like the rosy-cheeked ideal of Victorian beauty. Working in a London milliner's shop, Lizzie stitches elegant bonnets destined for wealthier young women, until a chance meeting brings her to the attention of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Enchanted both by her ethereal appearance and her artistic ambitions--quite out of place for a shop girl--Rossetti draws her into his glittering world of salons and bohemian soirees.

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"I'LL NEVER WANT TO DRAW ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU. YOU ARE MY MUSE."


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"I'LL NEVER WANT TO DRAW ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU. YOU ARE MY MUSE."


Lizzie begins to sit for some of the most celebrated members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, posing for John Everett Millais as Shakespeare's Ophelia, for William Holman Hunt--and especially for Rossetti, who immortalizes her in countless paintings as his namesake's beloved Beatrice. The passionate visions Rossetti creates on canvas are echoed in their intense affair. But while Lizzie strives to establish herself as a painter and poet in her own right, betrayal, illness, and addiction leave her struggling to save her marriage and her sense of self. 

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“It’s a dream. A beautiful dream, of something that once was, and never will be again.”


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“It’s a dream. A beautiful dream, of something that once was, and never will be again.”


Rita Cameron weaves historical figures and vivid details into a complex, unconventional love story, giving voice to one of the most influential yet overlooked figures of a fascinating era--a woman who is both artist and inspiration, long gazed upon, but until now, never fully seen.

Ophelia's Muse will be released by Kensington on September 29th, 2015. Click here to buy the book.