Byron by Fiona MacCarthy
Life and Legend

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Lord Byron in all his controversial splendor--the long-awaited, authoritative biography

With this brilliant book, Fiona MacCarthy has produced the most important work on Byron in nearly half a century. Granted unprecedented access to many documents and artifacts unexamined by previous scholars, the acclaimed biographer brings a fresh, engaging sensibility to a full appreciation of the poet's life and art.

Byron: Life and Legend explores heretofore unrevealed aspects of Byron's complex creative existence, reassessing his poetry, reinterpreting his incomparable letters, and reconsidering the voluminous record left by the poet's contemporaries: his friends and family, his critics and supporters.

MacCarthy's scope is comprehensive, giving due weight to each aspect of her subject's genius and covering the full range of his life, retracing his journeys through Italy, Turkey, and Greece and culminating in his heroic voyage to Missolonghi, where he died at the tragically early age of thirty-six. After his death, a pervasive Byronism swept Europe; presented here is the fascinating evolution of his posthumous reputation and its influence on literature, architecture, painting, music, manners, sex and psyche.

Full of energy and detail, subtlety and glamour, this vital new study reestablishes Byron as a charismatic figure in the forefront of European art.
 

About Fiona MacCarthy

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Fiona MacCarthy has written highly acclaimed biographies of William Morris and Eric Gill, and is a frequent contributor to The Observer, The Guardian, and The New York Review of Books. She lives in London and Derbyshire, England.
 
Published November 13, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 688 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Byron: Life and Legendby Fiona MacCarthy640pp, John Murray, £25.

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London Review of Books

Is it only a few of the eccentrics who enjoy Byron’s poetry who might think that we already know enough about his passionate relationship with his half-sister, Augusta, the breakdown of his marriage, his affairs and conquests, his apparent abandonment of his daughter Allegra, the nature of the st...

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The New York Review of Books

Even Doris Langley Moore, in The Late Lord Byron (1961), although she listed Barber’s pamphlet in her bibliography, avoided any reference to it in her book, as more recently have both Phyllis Grosskurth and Benita Eisler in their biographies Byron: The Flawed Angel (1997) and Byron: Child of Pass...

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