BYRON IN LOVEEDNA O'BRIEN Book Number: 88035 Product format: Paperback
Hailed as a delight from start to finish on publication, this is a compact and mischievously complicit biography of the great Romantic poet and enfant terrible by the Irish novelist Edna O'Brien. Her exemplary biography focusses upon the diverse and colourful women in Byron's life. More than any other poet, Lord Byron has come to personify the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, reaching beyond race, creed or frontier. His notorious flaws were redeemed by a magnetism and ultimately a heroism that ended in tragedy and raised his to an exalted status. Everything about Lord George Gordon Byron was a paradox - insider and outsider, beautiful and deformed, serious and facetious, profligate but on occasion miserly, and possessed of a fierce intelligence trapped forever in a child's magic and malice. He was also a great poet, but as he reminded us, poetry is a distinct faculty and has little to do with the individual life of its creator. He was 'five feet eight and a half inches in height, had a malformed right foot, chestnut hair, a haunting pallor, temples of alabaster, teeth like pearls, grey eyes fringed with dark lashes and an enchantedness that neither men nor women could resist.' By his own admission, he could not exist without some object of love and today the word Byronic connotes excess, diabolical deeds and rebelliousness. Written in O'Brien's lilting and attractive style. 228pp in paperback, eight pages of colour photos and illus.
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