By Lesley Krueger
A riveting tale of expertise and the associated fee it exacts, set in a richly imagined Victorian England
Called the main promising artist of his iteration, good-looking, modest, and affectionate, Richard Dadd rubbed shoulders with the nice luminaries of the Victorian Age. He grew up alongside the Medway with Charles Dickens and studied on the Royal Academy colleges below the intense and whimsical J.M.W. Turner.
Based on Dadd’s tragic precise tale, Mad Richard follows the younger artist as he develops his craft, contemplates the character of artwork and reputation — as he watches Dickens navigate these difficult waters — and finally reveals himself imprisoned in Bedlam for homicide, dedicated as criminally insane.
In 1853, Charlotte Brontë — approximately to submit her 3rd novel, struggling with unrequited love, and herself wrestling with questions on artwork and artists, classification, obsession and romance — visits Richard at Bedlam and reveals an unforeseen kinship in his feverish brain and his haunting work.
Masterfully slipping via time and reminiscence, Mad Richard maps the creative temperaments of Charlotte and Richard, weaving their divergent lives including their shared fears and follies, desires, and crushing illusions.
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Mad Richard by Lesley Krueger