Michael Brown Pens Outstanding Novel of an Untold Romance between William Wordsworth and the Lucy of his poems.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Michael Brown’s remarkable work, William & Lucy, takes place in England at the end of the 18th century, which marked the dawn of the Romantic Era in poetry. Wordsworth, at 28 years of age, encounters a mysterious young woman named Lucy and both are smitten. Rather like Dante and his Beatrice, William and Lucy become one of the more captivating relationships in literature.
Romanticism in poetry, as personified by Wordsworth, was marked by meditation, worship of nature, and the decision to abandon classical verse by composing poems for the common man. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge led the way with the second edition of their book “Lyrical Ballads,” which became the single most important book of poetry in the history of English literature. The Lucy poem in that volume, “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways”, one of five Lucy poems he composed during his lifetime, presents Lucy living in rural Somerset and charts her “growth, perfection, and death” according to literary critic Geoffrey Durant. Lucy’s unresolved identity has intrigued literary historians for ages. Who was she? Where did she come from? Did she ever exist? No one knows. This is William and Lucy’s story…
The drama plays out during a time when young Wordsworth and Lucy are beset with personal, political and financial challenges: Lucy, a governess and artist, must fight off the unwanted sexual advances of her employer and he won’t be denied. Her troubles only worsen when she is accused of stealing by the lady of the house. For his part, William’s revolutionary style of poetry is labeled by critics as ‘mere doggerel’; William finds himself due to this and other factors, fast approaching abject poverty. To make matters worse, England is at war with France and the poet is accused of being a French spy due to his outspoken political views, the punishment for which is death by hanging.
At long last Michael Brown, through dedicated research and imaginative storytelling, has released the poet laureate from the bondage of his dour portrayal in history and has given us the flesh and blood Wordsworth, a man of adventure and passion. And for the first time ever the author originates the identity of LUCY in a love story that has never been told.
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About the Author
Michael Brown has won 3 Emmy Awards, an ACE Eddie Award, plus 8 additional nominations, and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award as a film editor. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America & the Writers Guild of America and has sold ten scripts to ABC, CBS & NBC. He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, Holly. This is his first novel. It won the 2012 Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Novel of the Year! (period: 1500 – 1940)
William & Lucy * by Michael Brown
Official Publication Date: April 13, 2012 Available now as an eBook $9.95 & POD
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REVIEWED BY: Amber Lea Easton, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE FICTION
My review of William and Lucy: A Tale of Suspense and Love… by Michael Brown
Some novels are able to transcend the boundaries of imagination where they touch our hearts in gentle ways that leave us nostalgic when we turn the last page: such is the impact of William & Lucy. The characters are brought to life with grace and intelligence. More often than not, I found myself smiling in writer kinship with Wordsworth’s pain of finding the right word and his panic when a journal of precious work falls into water. He became more than a name of a famous poet, more than a character in a novel…he became a man I wish I’d known.
Bringing forth a tale based on history is no easy task and I applaud Michael Brown for mastering the feat. The story of William Wordsworth and Lucy Sims flows seamlessly and eloquently. Never once did I feel that history intruded on the story; rather, it served as a solid foundation from which the author’s imagination soared. I found myself transported back in time, imagining poets lamenting about their freedom to speak out against the aristocracy, feeling Lucy’s helplessness at being a girl during a time when that didn’t present many options and experiencing the excitement of love when it’s all about discovery and hope.
The author credits the poem She Dwells Upon the Untrodden Ways for his inspiration. After reading the novel, I went back and read all of the Lucy poems by Wordsworth hoping to share one with you all in this review. That’s not happening. Even if you’ve read them and are familiar with Wordsworth, do yourself a favor and read this novel before re-reading the poems because they will have much more impact. Trust me.
If you love history, read this book. If you love brilliant writing, read this book. If you love romance, read this book. If you love a page turning ending, read this book. Yes, even though it’s based on historical facts, William & Lucy delivers an ending that will have your heart pumping.