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Hello, lovely readers! I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my new novel, Sins of a Virgin, releases tomorrow (Aug. 28th). But rather then tell you about it, I thought I’d invite the hero to tea at the Dashing Duchesses so you could meet him yourself!
(Huntford enters. He’s tall, broad shouldered, and impeccably dressed. His pale green eyes scan the room searching for anything unusual. He shifts so his back isn’t to the door.)
We hear about the romantic poets, among them Wordsworth, so sensitive to nature –”I wandered lonely as a cloud,” and the handsome and tempestuous Lord Byron– “She walks in beauty, like the night.” But I think the most romantic of them all was John Keats.
Born in 1795, he lived only twenty-five years but produced an amazing body of work. His beginnings were modest–he was the oldest of five children of a stableman, and by the time he was fourteen, he’d lost both parents. At school he discovered a passion for reading and poetry, and was also adept at fist fighting despite being small (he never grew taller than five feet). Though initially apprenticed to a surgeon as a young man, he gave up medical studies for poetry, and by 1817 had published his first book of poems.
As someone who never encountered a romantic book or movie set in nineteenth century England in which she couldn’t find something to love, I find Joseph Banks to be one of the most romantic real-life figures of the period.
Perhaps he won’t make a lady sigh the way Darcy or Rochester will, in all their reserved or brooding glory, but when you consider that the romantic movement of the late eighteenth century was about focusing on nature and emphasizing feelings, self-expression, and imagination, he’s quite the romantic hero.