Literary Romances

What was it like to be married to William Shakespeare or Zelda Fitzgerald? Check out these fictionalized accounts of famous literary couples.

Did you know that August is National Romance Awareness Month?  I didn't, but I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post, which inspired me to highlight literary romances in this post.  During the past few years fiction titles focusing on famous literary couples have been popular.  Here are a few available at OPL. 

 A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald        The Paris Wife        Mrs. Hemingway   

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare        Mrs. Poe        Girl in a Blue Dress

Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald / Therese Anne Fowler
Set in the Jazz Age, this novel captures the lives of beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre and her relationship with Lieutenant Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald. 

The Paris wife : a novel / Paula McLain
Mclain creates a fictionalized version of the relationship between Hemingway's first wife, Hadley and and their years in Paris.

Mrs. Hemingway : a novel / Naomi Wood
Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.  Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages.  -From Publisher's Description

The secret life of William Shakespeare / Jude Morgan
William Shakespeare is an ordinary man: unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband.  An he is also a genius.  Jude Morgan tells the story of how a glovemaker from Warwickshire became the greatest writer of them all.  -From Publisher's Description

Mrs. Poe / Lynn Cullen
Struggling to support her family in mid-nineteenth-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.  -From OPL catalog

Girl in a blue dress : a novel inspired by the life and marriage of Charles Dickens / Gaynor Arnold
At the end of her life, Catherine, the cast-off wife of Charles Dickens, gave the letters she had received from her husband to their daughter Kate, asking her to donate them to the British Museum, "so the world may know that he loved me once."  The incredible vulnerability and heartache evident beneath the surface of this remark inspired Gaynor Arnold to write this novel, inspired by the life of this tragic yet devoted woman. -From Publisher's Description


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