Byron: Life and Legend

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Faber & Faber, 2003 - 674 pages
Byron - Life and Legend is a breakthrough in reinterpreting Byron's life and poetry for a new generation, showing him as a formative figure in European romanticism, as Byron described himself, 'the Napoleon of Rhyme'. MacCarthy brings a fresh eye to Byron's short but brilliant life, from his embattled relations with his mother, his early travels in the Mediterranean and the East, his relationships with adolescent boys, to the tragicomedy of his marriage, his incestuous love for his half-sister and the clamorous attention of his female fans.

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Gosh - what a man! Utterly fascinating! For better or worse - larger than life ... Read full review

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MacCarthy is a superb biographer, but in the book she seems to be making much ado about nothing. Benita Eisler's book had already stolen MacCarthy's thunder when she revealed the extent of Byron's ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Fiona MacCarthy was the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medallist for 1986. She is an honorary fellow both of the Royal College of Art and of the Nineteenth Century Studies Centre at the University of Sheffield. Her controversial life of Eric Gill, published in 1989, established her immediately as an authoritative, serious yet eminently readable biographer, and her William Morris won the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-fiction Award for 1995.

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