The Turner Erotica: A Biographical Novel

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J. M. W. Turner, Britain's greatest and most revolutionary artist, has died. While reviewing the contents of Turner's vast artistic legacy for Britain's National Gallery, John Ruskin, Turner's greatest supporter, discovers a considerable body of previously unknown erotic sketches. Both shocked and outraged, Ruskin abruptly burns the materials he finds offensive.

But through betrayal and theft, some of the erotica has escaped the flames... 

William James Stillman, a young American artist and diplomat, pursues a dangerous quest across Britain, Europe, and the Eastern United States to save the remaining sketches. He is convinced that the surviving erotic studies are not only invaluable to British art history, but contain a secret clue to the master's celebrated body of public work. Unlocking this secret becomes an obsession that threatens to consume Stillman and blind him to his obligations to his friends, his family, and even to himself.

Based on actual people and events, this thrilling work features not only Turner himself, but such luminary characters as Allegra Fullerton, the Rossetti brothers, other artists from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Britain's greatest swordsman and adventurer, Sir Richard Burton.

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Praise for Robert J. Begiebing's Previous Fiction

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (1991, 1996)

"Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake. . . .Not since Kenneth Roberts has anyone written of early New England life in such vivid and convincing detail. . . .A gifted writer with an extraordinary feeling for the past."--Annie Proulx, The New York Times Book Review

"Stereotypes we learned in grade school simply don't exist here; instead, there are passionate, complex characters, including unexpectedly strong and often rebellious women."--The Denver Post

"Begiebing illuminates the dark and wonderful intricacy of the human heart."--Yankee Magazine

"This is no ordinary mystery. Just imagine Peyton Place as Hawthorne would have written it."--Booklist

"A great achievement of imagination and research."--Boston MagazineThe Adventures of Allegra Fullerton (1999)

"Fascinating. . . Allegra describes her transformation from 'mere traveling face maker' to sophisticated associate of Margaret Fuller and John Ruskin . . . .Allegra's insightful ruminations on the artistic life make up the lively heart of this book."--The New York Times Book Review

"The green landscapes of nineteenth-century New England are beautifully evoked, and Allegra Fullerton is as keen to catch the play of light in language as she is in paint. . . . The pleasure of the novel derives from its careful specificities of time and place."--Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Art, philosophy, religion, slavery, sexual propriety, suffrage--all are addressed with candid clarity. . . .Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review.

"The meticulously evoked settings, dialogue and characters provide a seamlessly authentic entry into the era . . . .Saturated with vivid period detail, sprinkled with rousing feminist sentiments . . .the novel will keep readers engrossed in its intelligent heroine's adventures. A first rate tale."--Publishers WeeklyRebecca Wentworth's Distraction (2003)

"The Langum Prize. . . is awarded to Rebecca Wentworth's Distraction: A Novel as the best university press novel of 2003 to make the rich history of America accessible to the educated general public."--Prize citation, 2003

About the Author:

Robert J. Begiebing is the author of seven books, a play, and thirty articles and stories. His books include a trilogy of novels spanning 1648-1850. His novel Rebecca Wentworth's Distraction won the Langum Prize for historical fiction. The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (reviewed by Annie Proulx in The New York Times as the work of "a gifted writer with an extraordinary feeling for the past") was chosen as a Main Selection for the Mystery and Literary Guild Book Clubs and is currently optioned for a film. His fiction writing has been supported by grants from the Lila-Wallace Foundation and the New Hampshire Council for the Arts. In 2007, Governor John Lynch appointed Begiebing to the Council for the Arts. In 2009 he served both as one of the inaugural faculty members at the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony and as finalist judge for the Langum Prize. He is the founding director of the Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University.

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