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Byron's Women

Alexander Larman

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Head of Zeus
01 November 2016
Biography; Biography: literary
An iconoclastic exploration of the life of Lord Byron, viewed through the prism of the lives of nine women with whom he was intimately associated.

One was the mother who bore him; three were women who adored him; one was the sister he slept with; one was his abused and sodomized wife; one was his legitimate daughter; one was the fruit of his incest; another was his friend Shelley's wife, who avoided his bed and invented science fiction instead. Nine women; one poet named George Gordon, Lord Byron - mad, bad and very very dangerous to know. The most flamboyant of the Romantics, he wrote literary bestsellers, he was a satirist of genius, he embodied the Romantic love of liberty (the Greeks revere him as a national hero), he was the prototype of the modern celebrity - and he treated women (and these women in particular) abominably. In BYRON'S WOMEN, Alex Larman tells their extraordinary, moving and often shocking stories. In so doing, he creates a scurrilous 'anti-biography' of one of England's greatest poets, whose life he views - to deeply unflattering effect - through the prism of the nine damaged woman's lives.
By:   Alexander Larman
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781784082024
ISBN 10:   1784082023
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Alex Larman is the author of BLAZING STAR, a much-praised biography of Byron's forerunner in scandal and infamy, the 2nd Earl of Rochester. RESTORATION, his study of the year 1666, appears in spring 2016.

Reviews for Byron's Women

'Captivating ... Larman has created a well-researched, fascinating look at Byron's life and times' Publishers Weekly. 'Dashing, scandalous and irresistibly attractive, Byron would have been shocked to find himself not the main subject of Larman's narrative, but relegated to a supporting role in the remarkable stories of the significant women in his life' Daily Mail. 'This is no ordinary biography;through exploring the lives of the women in his life, we are offered an outline of Byron more accurate, compelling and candid than any portrait focused on his poetry could be' Observer. 'A fresh and lively contribution to the crowded field of Byron studies, and confirms Larman as an insightful observer of the contradictory nature of his subjects' Bookmunch. 'Will shock and perhaps delight the occasional reader' The Byron Abbey Newstead Society. 'Larman has written a superbly researched, well-balanced and very readable account of the convoluted story, akin to a Georgian soap opera, and resisting what must have been an overwhelming temptation to condemn the selfish and deeply unpleasant man too much' The Bookbag. 'Larman gives his coterie the dignified and compassionate treatment they deserve in a series of sympathetic biographical sketches' Literary Review. 'Through deft and witty touches, Larman irradiates the darkness of Byron's fascination' Mail on Sunday. 'Larman's stagey indignation has an undeniable draw. He is a busy and loquacious guide who palpably enjoys his job' Sunday Telegraph. 'Normally I don't like modish reassessments of literary legends ... however, Byron's Women is different. It isn't a tiresome feminist rant ... it is humane and brooks no balderdash. This radical questioning of the conventional swashbuckling Byronic stance is convincing' The Times.

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