In the words of one of his many lovers, Lord Byron was Mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Amidst rumors of an incestuous relationship with his sister and a series of high-profile affairs, Byron penned pieces, including the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and Don Juan," before dying at the age of 36. Here, acclaimed historical biographer Sarah Gristwood expertly marries the man and his myth, using extracts from his verse to explore and elucidate his friendship with the Shelleys, the influence of his infamous clubfoot, and his ultimately fatal decision to join the Greek fight for independence from Turkey.
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Used availability for Sarah Gristwood's Poetic Lives
May 2012 : UK Paperback