Lady Caroline Lamb, among Lord Byron's many lovers, stands out--vilified, portrayed as a self-destructive nymphomaniac--her true story has never been told. Now, Paul Douglass provides the first unbiased treatment of a woman whose passions and independence were incompatible with the age in which she lived. Taking into account a traumatic childhood, Douglass explores Lamb's so-called "erotomania" and tendency towards drug abuse and madness--problems she and Byron had in common. In this portrait, she emerges as a person who sacrificed much for the welfare of a sick child, and became an artist in her own right. Douglass illuminates her novels and poetry, her literary friendships, and the lifelong support of her husband and her publisher, John Murray.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements * List of Illustrations * Preface * A Child of the Mist * Growing Pains * Coming Out * Marriage * Parenthood * Indiscretions * Byron * Ireland * Medea and Her Dragons * Playing Byron * The Music of Glenarvon * Politics and Satire * A Book to Offend Nobody: Graham Hamilton * The Last Novel: Ada Reis * Death of Byron * Exile * Rational and Quiet * Epilogue * Appendix: Who's Who * Appendix: Genealogy * Appendix: Brief Chronology * Works Cited: Short Citation List * Notes * Index