By Edna O'Brien
“How lengthy it’s taken for those mad, undesirable and hazardous writers to get together!”—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
Acclaimed biographer of James Joyce, Edna O’Brien has written a “jaunty” (The New Yorker) biography that fits her fiery and charismatic topic. She follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric upward push to popularity on the age of twenty-four. With “a novelist’s realizing of pace and characterization” (Miami Herald), O’Brien captures the spirit of the guy and creates an indelible portrait that explodes the Romantic delusion. Byron, as brilliantly rendered via O’Brien, is the poet as insurgent, imaginitive and lawless, and defiantly immortal.
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