Byron by Benita Eisler
Child of Passion, Fool of Fame

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In this masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and prefigured the modern age of celebrity, noted biographer Benita Eisler offers a fuller and more complex vision than we have yet been afforded of George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Eisler reexamines his poetic achievement in the context of his extraordinary life: the shameful and traumatic childhood; the swashbuckling adventures in the East; the instant stardom achieved with the publication ofChilde Harold's Pilgrimage; his passionate and destructive love affairs, including an incestuous liaison with his half-sister; and finally his tragic death in the cause of Greek independence. This magnificent record of a towering figure is sure to become the new standard biography of Byron.


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About Benita Eisler

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Benita Eisler's subject is the life and work of artists, and their worlds. She has written on the Romantics, Byron, Chopin, and George Sand, and is the author of a dual biography of early modernists Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. She lives in New York City.
 
Published January 26, 2011 by Vintage. 857 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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While Eisler occasionally crosses the line into the lurid, her reporting, rendered in beautiful prose, seems accurate, even when she argues that Byron, himself molested as a child, molested children in turn.

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Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame by Benita Eisler Hamish Hamilton £25, pp837'He must be a sad bungler who would spoil such a story,' wrote Lord Byron's first biographer Tom Moore, and indeed Byron's short life has its own compelling rhythms.

May 30 1999 | Read Full Review of Byron: Child of Passion, Fool...

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Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona MacCarthy 640pp, John Murray, £25 One of the main tasks that Fiona MacCarthy sets herself in this new biography of Byron is to excavate his historical life, which lasted a swift but noisy 36 years, from two centuries' worth of sentimental myth-making.

Nov 16 2002 | Read Full Review of Byron: Child of Passion, Fool...

London Review of Books

In an account written after the marriage collapsed, Annabella claims that, within hours of their wedding in January 1815, Byron told her that her previous refusal to marry him had damned him, and he had only married her now to exact his revenge.

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