The first biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf, lover of H.G. Wells, and central figure in the emergence of modernist fiction.
LOUISA TREGER, a classical violinist, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. She subsequently turned to literature, gaining a First Class degree and a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early-twentieth-century women's writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship "for distinguished work in the study of English Language and Literature." "The Lodger" is her first novel.
"A gripping debut about creativity, forbidden passions and what happens when you break the rules. Dorothy Richardson is a heroine for our time."--Daisy Goodwin, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The American Heiress "This is a sparkling debut full of passion and verve. Louisa Treger has written an enthralling historical novel about unconventional love, unrecognised genius, and the courage to turn heartbreak into art."--Amanda Foreman, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Duchess "In this intriguing blend of fact and fiction, Treger's debut novel explores the socially unacceptable loves of little-read author Dorothy Richardson in early 20th-century London... Readers familiar with the period will recognize echoes of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton in Dorothy's views."--"Publishers Weekly "Treger's writing flows easily and the book is impeccably researched, making this an enjoyable read. Dorothy Richardson may not be a household name, but Treger's novel does a fine job of showing just how compelling her life was in this novel full of passion, history and literature."--"Kirkus Reviews "The Lodger" is an evocative, beautifully written first novel. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, Louisa Treger conjures up her characters and the turbulence of an era when women were fighting for emancipation with conviction. Dorothy Richardson's journey to finding her own literary feet through her illicit relationship with the novelist HG Wells is moving and revealing. A very accomplished debut novel."--Lucinda Riley, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Lavender Garden"A captivating and tender journey through the sexual explorations, loves and betrayals of Bloomsbury's Dorothy Richardson."--Frances Osborne, bestselling author of "The Bolter "Louisa Treger has taken us into the heart of Dorothy Richardson's life choices through a vividly imagined novel, more compelling than any biography."--Michael Sherborne, author of "HG Wells: Another Kind of Life "The Lodger" is a narrative masterwork, and a milestone. You can trace with your finger round the globe, and especially, over English speaking countries find feminist authors rising like poppies and over taking every field of contemporary writing. This is due, in no small part to figures like Dorothy Richardson, who Treger fully recreates as a compelling soul, tortured by the constraints of her era and giving herself to the author, ironically, of "The Outline Of History."--Charles Bane, Jr., author of "The Chapbook: Love Poems "and current nominee, Poet Laureate of Florida