Childish Loves by Benjamin Markovits
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The last piece of a literary puzzle falls into place in the final novel of Benjamin Markovits’s Byron trilogy.

When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron—including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment. Ben’s own literary career is in the doldrums, and he tries to revive it by publishing and writing about his dead friend, whose reimagining of Byron’s lost memoirs—titled Childish Loves—may provide a key to Sullivan’s own life and tarnished reputation.

Acting as a literary sleuth, Ben sorts through boxes of Sullivan’s writing; reads between the lines of his scandalous, Byron- inspired stories; meets with the Society for the Publication of the Dead; and tracks down people from Peter’s past in an effort to untangle rumor from reality. In the process, he crafts a masterful story-within-a-story that turns on uncomfortable questions about childhood and sexual awakening, innocence and attraction, while exploring the lives of three very different writers and their brushes with success and failure in both literature and life.

About Benjamin Markovits

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Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas and London, where he now lives. He teaches at the University of London. He contributes to the New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, the Times Literary Supplement, and others.
Published August 29, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 397 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The conclusion of Markovits's Byron trilogy focuses on Lord Byron's youth and then finally his death. Markovits skillfully blends the stories of Byron's discovery of his own homosexuality with that of

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Childish Loves: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

Byron falls for one of them, an orphan named Edleston, who inspired one of his early love poems, “The Cornelian.” The interlude ends on an ambiguous note, with Byron recalling, “He looked up at me (for he was still in the bed beside me), but something about the whole business disgusted me, his in...

Aug 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Childish Loves: A Novel

These are both invented moments and "real" ones - as the character, "Markovits" says in Childish Loves, there are plenty of biographers who are convinced that Byron was abused by Grey, even though solid evidence is scant.

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The New Yorker

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The Jewish Chronicle

The first was Imposture (2007), a novel about Byron's strange friendship with Dr Polidori, who looked like Byron, wrote like Byron and - like Byron - had a disturbingly close relationship with his sister.

Jul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Childish Loves: A Novel

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