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L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated female Byron

Lucasta Miller



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Knopf Publishing Group
05 March 2019
Biography; Biography: literary; Literary studies: poetry & poets; History: specific events & topics; Gender studies: women
A lost nineteenth-century literary life, brilliantly rediscovered--Letitia Elizabeth Landon, hailed as the female Byron; she changed English poetry; her novels, short stories, and criticism, like Byron though in a woman's voice, explored the dark side of sexuality--by the acclaimed author of The Bront Myth ( wonderfully entertaining . . . spellbinding --New York Times Book Review; ingenious --The New Yorker). None among us dares to say / What none will choose to hear --L.E.L., Lines of Life Letitita Elizabeth Landon--pen name L.E.L.--dared to say it and made sure she was heard. Hers was a life lived in a blaze of scandal and worship, one of the most famous women of her time, the Romantic Age in London's 1820s, her life and writing on the ascendency as Byron's came to an end. Lucasta Miller tells the full story and re-creates the literary London of her time. She was born in 1802 and was shaped by the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, a time of conservatism when values were in flux. She began publishing poetry in her teens and came to be known as a daring poet of thwarted romantic love. We see L.E.L. as an emblematic figure who embodied a seismic cultural shift, the missing link between the age of Byron and the creation of Victorianism. Miller writes of Jane Eyre as the direct connection to L.E.L.--its first-person confessional voice, its Gothic extremes, its love triangle, and in its emphasis on sadomasochistic romantic passion.
By:   Lucasta Miller
Imprint:   Knopf Publishing Group
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   771g
ISBN:   9780375412783
ISBN 10:   0375412786
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

LUCASTA MILLER is a British literary critic who has worked for The Independent and The Guardian, and contributed to The Economist, The Times (London), The New Statesman, and the BBC. She was the founding editorial director of Notting Hill Editions and has been a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford, and a visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband, the tenor Ian Bostridge, and their two children.

Reviews for L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated female Byron

Praise for Lucasta Miller's L.E.L.: Textured and lively ... Miller's biography vividly restores a forgotten author and her faded world, that of the 'strange pause' between the Romantics and the Victorians. --Publishers Weekly A riveting life of an English poet and novelist whose precocious career ended in sexual scandal and controversy ... The extent of Miller's research is impressive ... A thorough, engaging, and even loving restoration. --Kirkus (starred review)

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