Lady Byron and Her Daughters

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.9 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

Julia Markus is the author of several books, including the award-winning novel Uncle and two previous biographies, Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and Across an Untried Sea, which dealt with women of genius in the nineteenth century. She is professor of English and director of Creative Writing at Hofstra University.


Cheers to Julia Markus for rescuing Lady Byron from two centuries of ignominy. She portrays her fascinating cast of characters and their era with style and verve.--Alix Kates Shulman, author of To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed
Markus is a skilled and sure-footed storyteller who sketches in the complications of Byron's biography with speed and assurance.
What a lively and captivating story! Julia Markus's reappraisal of Byron's much-maligned wife shows a talented, generous woman who played a vital role in the life of her times.--Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of The Writing on the Wall
It is Julia Markus's peculiar gift to rescue great 'lesser lives' of the English Romantic period from undeserved oblivion... To the delight of her devoted readership, Markus has done it again...the book is a treat from start to finish.--Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City
Julia Markus paints a fascinating portrait of a woman who lived an enormously useful life--rich in detail, brilliantly researched, witty, and insightful.--Miriam Levine, author of Devotion: A Memoir
I feel as if I'm getting acquainted with Lady Byron for the first time. Julia Markus's interpretation is engaging, accessible, and compassionate.--Peter Graham, author of Don Juan and Regency England
A genuine contribution to Byron studies... Markus brings perspective to Lady Byron's scandalous marriage, to her relationship with daughter Ada, computer science pioneer, to luminaries such as Charles Babbage, Walter Scott, Queen Victoria, as well as to escaped American slaves... A refreshing portrait of a talented human being complete with her accomplishments and disappointments.--Arnold Anthony Schmidt, author of Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism
No one tells a story like Julia Markus... A joy to read and often hilariously funny, the book brilliantly braids together literature, history, and psychology.--Patricia Cronin, author of Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found, A Catalogue Raisonnรฉ