George Gordon, Lord Byron (British Library Writers' Lives) by Martin Garrett (2000-04-15)

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An introduction to the life and work of Lord Byron. Martin Garrett examines his poetry in the context of his short, eventful life. His work was sensational from the start - and the public association of the author directly with the hero of poems such as "Don Juan" and "Childe Harold" helped to make them the bestsellers of their day. However, Byron's position as the toast of society was eclipsed by public disgrace, not helped by the scandal of the breakdown of his marriage, the birth of a daughter to his half-sister Augusta, and Lady Caroline Lamb who spread rumours of his "unnatural practices". Martin Garrett relates how Byron spent the last ten years of his life travelling in Europe, and when he died aged 36 in 1824, his memoirs were burnt by friends who wished to protect his reputation from more scandal.

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Dr. Martin Garrett is a lifelong aficionado of 19th-century English literature. His previous books include Greece: A Literary Companion and Mary Shelley: A Chronology.

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Gr 9 Up-Written in a loose, baggy, sometimes overly familiar style, this brief, well-illustrated biography isn't a half-bad introduction to one of the most romantic of Romantic poets. Packed with captivating illustrations and choice quotes, it will cheer the hearts and be balm to the frazzled minds of researchers trying to fill their quotation quota, and satiate them to their primary-source satisfaction. On the negative side, the index seems a bit sparse and the story often seems better told by the well-chosen pictures than the text, which occasionally is in need of one last grammar check. Also, there is no attempt to place Byron within the context of the greater "Romantic" movement, and there is merely a suggestion of his critical standing today. Nonetheless, in the absence of a sudden plethora of Byron bios battling for space on library shelves, this volume is a serviceable addition.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

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