When Charlotte suggested to me that I might enjoy the book she had just blogged about, Tim Powers’s Hide Me Among the Graves, I was all the more ready to take up a fantasy/historical novel about the Rossettis and their circle having just finished Fiona McCarthy’s superb biography of Edward Burne-Jones.
I have long been a fan of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, particularly Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and Edward Burne-Jones. McCarthy’s biography opened a window on the lives, loves, families, and friendships of these men and the other painters and poets who surrounded them. I enjoy reading about makers—those people whose creative drive impels them to make art or music. McCarthy does an excellent job of capturing the compulsion to draw and paint that was at the heart of Burne-Jones’s life.
There is sometimes a temptation to look at artists (of any sort, musicians, painters, composers, etc.) as…
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