Fantasy, Forgery, and the Byron Legend
Through writings both well known and generally unknown, James Soderholm examines the poet's relationship with five women: Elizabeth Pigot, Caroline Lamb, Annabella Milbanke, Teresa Guiccioli, and Marguerite Blessington. These women participated in Byron's life and literary career and the manipulation of images that is the Byron legend.
Soderholm argues against the sentimental depictions of biographers who would preserve Byron's romantic aura by diminishing the contributions of these women to his social, sexual, and literary identity. By restoring the contexts in which literary works charm or bedevil particular readers, the author shows the consequences of Byron's poetic seductions during and after his life.
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"Soderholm has taken the extra time and effort to give us this economical, well-researched, clever, and convincing study of Byron's serious relationships with literate and literary women."—European Romantic Review
"A study that will clearly make a solid contribution to biographical theory, Byron scholarship, and scholarship on the women writers related to him."—Rocky Mountain Review
"A delightful book: lucidly written, eloquently expressed, and scholarly without being in the least instance turgid or pretentious. . . . An exemplary book that ushers in a fresh and invigorating critical approach to Byron."—Byron Journal
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