A Quiet Adjustment

A Quiet Adjustment

By Benjamin Markovits

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393330229, 341pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

In his Byron trilogy, Benjamin Markovits lovingly reinvents the nineteenth-century novel, true to its perfect prose, penetrating insight, and simmering passions. Inspired by the actual biography of Lord Byron the greatest literary figure and most notorious sex symbol of his age Markovits re-imagines Byron's marriage to the capable, intellectual, and tormented Annabella and the scandal that broke open their lives and riveted the world around them: Byron's incestuous relationship with his impetuous half-sister, Gus. Their very different understandings of love and one's obligations to society lead them all and the reader headlong to a devastating conclusion.

About the Author
Benjamin Markovits is the author of You Don t Have to Live Like This, forthcoming from Harper. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study Romanticism. Since then he has taught high-school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine, and published seven novels, including a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron.