This is a very good read about a lady with lots of insecurities. As the story unfolds, it is clear that she was not in the ideal company or environment to overcome her problems, but it is an excellent account of the life of someone with human flaws. The "supermodel" tag is perhaps a little unfair for someone who developed into a more than competent artist in her own right, but the overall account demonstrates that so many of today's problems, and particularly drug addiction, were also damaging lives in the 19th century. The relationship with Rossetti and his unwillingness to make a long-term commitment to Lizzie adds a great deal of poignancy to her troubled story.
This is a well told story, by an author who clearly knows her subject. It does not try to hide Lizzie's own faults but makes clear the trials inflicted on her by others, and does not attempt to be too judgemental. It is never less than interesting and offers an excellent insight into the lives of Lizzie and several of the Pre-Raphaelites. No happy ending, but an enthralling account of a very talented "celebrity" of her time.
Good readable biography, 25 years ago I wrote a Master's thesis on the Pre-Raephalites and this was a work that was definitely missing from the Pre-Raephalite cannon at the time. The book is readable rather than heavily academic > think it might be quite hard to follow with out a fairly good level of knowledge of the Pre-Raephs and their world before you start
This book is a page turner..I never really pictured this complicated talented person,and her tragic life clearly before now.This is a modern story in some ways,a story of class,addiction,celebrity and intense consuming love...This author has done her homework.Anyone who admires pre raphaelite art will I am sure,enjoy this book which breathes life into a period I find endlessly fascinating.
A very interesting read for anyone who enjoys this period. The origins of Lizzie and Rosetti's story are fascinating however my only criticism (more to do with the individuals themselves perhaps than the author) is that it became rather tedious that Lizzie kept calling Rosetti back to her with 'serious illness'. That said I would recommend this as an easy, interesting and well written introduction to Lizzie and the group around her.