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Byron In Love

Edna O'Brien

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Biography: literary, Prose: non-fiction

BYRON IN LOVE - the nobility, arrogance and sheer theatre of Byron's life.

Byron, more than any other poet, has come to personify the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, reaching beyond race, creed or frontier, his gigantic flaws redeemed by a magnetism and ultimately a heroism that by ending in tragedy raised it and him from the particular to the universal.

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 malices. 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.

Edna O'Brien's exemplary biography focuses upon the diverse and colourful women in Byron's life.

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Praise for Byron In Love

  • a funny and perceptive portrait of one of the most infmaous characters in literature - HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER

  • Hugely readable, insightful and candid, this is a darkly fascinating portrait of a paradoxical genius. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE

  • her novelistic flair lends the well-rehearsed events a fresh drama - INDEPENDENT - Emma Hagestadt

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Edna O'Brien

Since her debut novel THE COUNTRY GIRLS, Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.