Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 880 pages
In this masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and prefigured the modern age of celebrity, noted biographer Benita Eisler offers a fuller and more complex vision than we have yet been afforded of George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Eisler reexamines his poetic achievement in the context of his extraordinary life: the shameful and traumatic childhood; the swashbuckling adventures in the East; the instant stardom achieved with the publication ofChilde Harold's Pilgrimage; his passionate and destructive love affairs, including an incestuous liaison with his half-sister; and finally his tragic death in the cause of Greek independence. This magnificent record of a towering figure is sure to become the new standard biography of Byron.
 

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Contents

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Fickle as ind of lnclinations Wild
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Paper Bullets of the Brain
127
ord of the Manor
144
The Great Escape
164
Tlic Foe the Victim and the Fond Ally
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Places Witliout a Name and Rivers Not Laid Down in Maps
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That Seeming MarbleHeart
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Vile Assignations and Adulterous Beds
577
An Uncommon Hero
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A Stranger Loves a Lady of the Land
625
Don Juan Domesticated
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Exiles and Serpents
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The Road to Missolonglti
710
Postscript
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Notes
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The Vices in Fashion
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lhilde Harolds Homecoming
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The Year Without a Summer
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Roman Spring
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Benita Eisler is the author of O'Keeffe and Stieglitz: An American Romance. She lives in New York City.

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