Lady Caroline Lamb by Paul Douglass
A Biography

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Lady Caroline Lamb, among Lord Byron's many lovers, stands out--vilified, portrayed as a self-destructive nymphomaniac--her true story has never been told. Now, Paul Douglass provides the first unbiased treatment of a woman whose passions and independence were incompatible with the age in which she lived. Taking into account a traumatic childhood, Douglass explores Lamb's so-called "erotomania" and tendency towards drug abuse and madness--problems she and Byron had in common. In this portrait, she emerges as a person who sacrificed much for the welfare of a sick child, and became an artist in her own right. Douglass illuminates her novels and poetry, her literary friendships, and the lifelong support of her husband and her publisher, John Murray.
 

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Paul Douglass is Professor of English and American Literature at San Jose State University, where for six years he chaired the department. He is the author of "Bergson, Eliot, and American Literature" (1986), and the editor (with Frederick Burwick) of "The Crisis in Modernism" (1992) and "A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern, by Isaac Nathan and Lord Byron," a facsimile edition (1988). His essays and reviews have appeared in "Keats-Shelley Journal, European Romantic Review, The Byron Journal," and "Newstead Abbey Byron Society Review."
 
Published October 15, 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Lady Caroline Lamb is best known as Byron's most clinging ex-lover, notorious for sending him clippings of her pubic hair and for her portrait of him in her scandalous first novel, Glenarvon.

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Metternich’s mistress, Princess Lieven, referred to ‘that madwoman Lady Caroline Lamb’, and Lord and Lady Holland compared her to typhus, while within Caroline’s own family her cousin Lady Harriet Cavendish wrote of her ‘absurdities’, and her grandmother Lady Spencer, who was very fond of her, co...

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