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Date published/released: 

1992

Publication Information: 

Knopf

"This delightful epistolary novel is a fictionalized account of the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley (whose 200th birthday is in 1992) and his circle of lovers and friends over the course of one year. Chernaik reconstructs their activities by using "lost" journal entries and letters from the four most important women in Shelley's life: Mary, Clare, his first wife Harriet Westbrook, and Mary's half-sister Fanny Godwin. The personalities of the four are consistent with what can be seen in letters, journals, and biographies of the principals (the most recent being Emily W. Sunstein's magnificent Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality , LJ 1/89), but Chernaik gives depth to the characters, not allowing them to be the stereotypes they have been in other fictionalized accounts of this group (e.g., Ken Russell's film Gothic ). Chernaik's style reads like 19th-century journal writing, with the exception of verbatim transcripts of conversations. Highly recommended for literary fiction collections and collections with a Romantic period focus." —Keith R.A. DeCandido, "Library Journal"

In the UK, Love's Children is titled as Mab’s Daughters