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Haunted by a 19th-Century Novelist

A MEMOIR OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE OBSESSED BY A WRITER FROM ANOTHER TIME.

“The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story and a Friendship Across Time”

By Nell Stevens

258 pages. Doubleday. $26.95

What happens when the life of the person you spend your days studying starts to leak into your own? In “The Victorian and the Romantic,” her whip-sharp memoir, the British author Nell Stevens describes

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