Jude Morgan's "Passion" not only is a moving and powerful novel in itself, but also gives a deep insight into the lives of the three great second-generation Romantic poets, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, as well as the various women in their lives. Using a variety of narrative techniques, it moves well inside the minds of its characters, particularly of the women, to illuminate a sequence of highly emotional, romantic, and often scandalous relationships that were the delight and the horror of early nineteenth-century England, and, indeed, of most of Europe. Byron's incestuous relationship with his half-sister, Shelley's abandonment of his wife in order to live with his lover, Keats's unfulfilled longing for a woman he would never attain -- all these are presented with full honesty yet with profound sympathy as well. Only Annabella Millbank, Byron's wife, is presented as having little admirable or likeable about her, and biographical evidence appears to support this depiction. The novel is not the easiest reading with its shifting viewpoints and its wide array of narrative devices. Nor is it, at nearly 700 pages, a short work. But it well repays the time and effort it demands. It is quite simply the finest book on the subject that I have ever encountered, more informative than most straight biographies, more enlightening than most literary studies, and more enjoyable than most historical novels. Don't miss it.