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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.
a funny and perceptive portrait of one of the most infmaous characters in literature - HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
her novelistic flair lends the well-rehearsed events a fresh drama - INDEPENDENT - Emma Hagestadt
Hugely readable, insightful and candid, this is a darkly fascinating portrait of a paradoxical genius. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Edna O'Brien has always been attracted to writers writing about other writers. And in Byron in Love she has a go herself - DAILY EXPRESS - Caroline Jowett
Edna O'Brien and Byron are surely the perfect match.. the novelist has made a portrait of the poet that is admiring, gently ironic, funny and perceptive - John Banville
Few writers are better suited than she is to take his measure, and to plumb his heart - Judith Thurman
O'Brien charts the many loves of the notorious 19th-century poet's reckless life in immediate and candid prose - STELLA, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Edna O'Brien has always had a gift for writing about affairs of the heart - THE GUARDIAN - Jay Parini
Reading this compact and hugely enjoyable retelling of his life, one feels the inevitability of the biographer and her subject - DAILY TELEGRAPH - Nicholas Shakespeare
O'Brien immerses us in the world of the most insatiable romantic ever - HARPERS BAZAAR
a beguiling blend of sympathy, humour and, of course, her signature lilting style.. a delightful, though poignant, account - MAIL ON SUNDAY - Kathryn Hughes
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.