Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages (UK Edition)

November 1, 2020
Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages (UK Edition)

'As fascinating and incisive as when I first read it.' —Hilary MantelLiterary biography as marriage guidance counselling . .. an ear-to-the-wall treat.' — Laura Freeman, TheTimesThe book that Nora Ephron read every fouryears.In every relationship there are two narratives; more often thannot these narratives do not converge.This is the basis for academic and writer Phyllis Rose's cultclassic Parallel Lives, a book that examines five literaryVictorian partnerships, from Charles Dickens's disastrous marriageto Catherine Hogarth to George Eliot's joyful and unwed union withGeorge Henry Lewes.In an age where divorce was scandalous and 'until death do uspart' was taken literally, the subjects of Rose's book were forcedto find inventive and surprising ways to coexist. As she tracks theshifting tides of power within these parallel lives in fascinatingdetail, Rose shows how desire, fantasy and control play out in ourmost intimate relationships.Parallel Livesis an engrossing group biography and anessential work of feminist non-fiction that continues to resonate,compelling us to reflect on how we live now.'So incisive about the subtleties of power and intimacythat it's basically addictive.' — Jia Tolentino, author ofTrick Mirror'Filled with marvellous details and set pieces . . .Rose is consistently generous, knowledgeable and chatty.' — TheNew Yorker