One was the mother who bore him; three were women who adored him; one was the sister he slept with; one was his abused and sodomized wife; one was his legitimate daughter; one was the fruit of his incest; another was his friend Shelley's wife, who avoided his bed and invented science fiction instead.
Nine women; one poet named George Gordon, Lord Byron - mad, bad and very very dangerous to know.
The most flamboyant of the Romantics, he wrote literary bestsellers, he was a satirist of genius, he embodied the Romantic love of liberty (the Greeks revere him as a national hero), he was the prototype of the modern celebrity - and he treated women (and these women in particular) abominably.
In BYRON AND HIS WOMAN, Alex Larman tells their extraordinary, moving and often shocking stories.
In so doing, he creates a scurrilous 'anti-biography' of one of England's greatest poets, whose life is views - to deeply unflattering effect - through the prism of the nine damaged woman's lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, 8pp colour illus
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 06/04/2017
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9781784082048
- Hardback from £17.95