A Quiet Adjustment (Paperback)

By Benjamin Markovits

W. W. Norton & Company, 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 reimagines 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.