Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Benjamin Markovits

Events: Literary Thriller Night

Book: A Quiet Adjustment

Originally from Texas, Benjamin Markovits will be a 2008-9 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. He is the author of five novels, including Imposture, the first novel in his Lord Byron Trilogy.

A Quiet Adjustment, the second novel in Markovits’s Lord Byron Trilogy, is a psychological thriller of passionate attachment and emotional cruelty, involving a love triangle between Lord Byron, his half-sister, and his wife. Inspired by the actual biography of Lord Byron β€”the greatest literary figure and most notorious sex symbol of his age β€” Markovits reimagines Byron’s marriage to the capable, intellectual, and tormented Annabella and the scandal that broke open their lives and riveted the world around them: Byron’s incestuous relationship with his impetuous half-sister, Gus. Their very different understandings of love and obligation lead them all β€” and the reader β€” headlong to a devastating conclusion.

In addition to his fiction, Markovitz contributes to the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, and other publications.