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Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution

James Tipton.
Publisher Harper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780060822224
Pages/Publication Date 480/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21124
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Born into a world of wealth and pleasure, Annette Vallon enjoys the privileges of aristocracy, but a burning curiosity and headstrong independence set her apart from other women of her class. Spoiled by the novels of Rousseau, she refuses to be married unless it is for passion, which she finds when she meets William Wordsworth, a young English poet drawn to Revolutionary France. "A romance novel, an adventure novel, and a concise history of the French Revolution all in one" (Chicago Tribune), James Tipton's historical novel illuminates a fascinating woman who became mistress, muse, and obsession to the Romantic poet.

"Inspired by English poet William Wordsworth's continental romance on the eve of the French Revolution, Tipton's debut novel depicts the poet's lover, Annette Vallon (17661841), as a Loire Valley Scarlet Pimpernel. History records Wordsworth met Vallon while in France, departed for England when the revolution darkened, but came back to see her and their daughter, Caroline (born in 1792), even after he proposed marriage to an Englishwoman. Tipton begins this fictional account with 16-year-old Annette listening to her father and Thomas Jefferson discuss wine. Six years later, her virtue lost to a dance tutor and her father killed in a grain riot, Annette falls in love with the then unknown English poet. Their idyllic interlude inspires his best work, but soon his political associations place him in danger, forcing him to flee with Annette's help. Pregnant and on her own, Annette recalls early training in hunting and horsemanship to survive the Reign of Terror and beyond, with Caroline in tow. Tipton's descriptions, la Tracy Chevalier, of how masterpieces are created alternate with the spirited heroine's adventures."Publishers Weekly

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