The scandalous life of charming Lord Byron. Crippled, but beguiling and strangely attractive, the spectacular Lord Byron possessed an extraordinary genius that earned him acclaim as one of the most influential poets of his time. His love affairs were the talk of London, his marriage a disaster and his beloved half-sister may have borne his child. Eventually, scandal and debt forced him abroad, but his reputation soon caught up with him as he continued his exploits in Italy. Later, he joined the Greeks in their battle for independence, leading the freedom fighters in their crusade. He died aged 36, a victim of his lifestyle - and his doctors. Joanna Dessau explores the stories of this wild and reckless life through imaginatively written first person accounts from Byron himself and from those who knew him best - his wife Annabella Milbanke, Lady Caroline Lamb and William Fletcher.
Used availability for Joanna Dessau's The Passionate Poet
July 2006 : UK Audio Cassette