The Late Lord Byron

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“The best biography of Lord Byron ever written,” according to Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin, is now back in print after decades.

Of the hundreds of books on Byron and his work, not one has been devoted to the immediate aftermath of his life; and yet it is these first twenty posthumous years that yield the most unexpected and exciting discoveries about the character of the poet and the behavior of those who once surrounded him—wife, sister, ...

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Overview

“The best biography of Lord Byron ever written,” according to Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin, is now back in print after decades.

Of the hundreds of books on Byron and his work, not one has been devoted to the immediate aftermath of his life; and yet it is these first twenty posthumous years that yield the most unexpected and exciting discoveries about the character of the poet and the behavior of those who once surrounded him—wife, sister, friends, enemies.
   With the burning of his memoirs almost as soon as news of his death reach England in May 1924, there began the sequence of impassioned controversies that have followed one another like the links in a chain ever since. What sort of man was the begetter of these dramas? Unflagging in energy and acumen, Doris Lang- ley Moore sifts the various witnesses, their motives and credentials, and not only reveals how much questionable evidence has been accepted but develops a corrected picture that appeals and persuades.
   Drawing upon a very large amount of unpublished material, from the Lovelace Papers, Murray manuscripts, and Hobhouse archives, she reaches the conclusion that, as to his chroniclers, a great man has too often fallen among thieves. The story she tells needs no special knowledge of Byron. It is written for everyone who enjoys literary detective work and human drama.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR THE LATE LORD BYRON

“A massive triumph of literary scholarship . . . with awesome industry and remorseless detail. . . . She has checked dates, exposed lies and exaggerations, analyzed characters and speculated about motives.”
   —The New York Times

“A volume filled with drama and wit, perceptive and penetrating character analysis, as well as acute literary detection.”
   —Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935554486
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Neversink Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 619,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

As a scholar of Lord George Gordon Byron, DORIS LANGLEY MOORE (1902–1989) wrote four additional books: The Great Byron Adventure, Lord Byron, Lord Byron: Accounts Rendered, and a biog-raphy of the poet’s daughter, Ada, Countess of Lovelace.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 9

I The Burning of the Memoirs 12

II Biographers-The First Battle 57

III Further Ordeal by Biography 94

IV Widow, Sister, and Fortune 128

V Discords from Greece 168

VI Trials of an Executor 195

VII The Blackmail Canard 224

VIII Thomas Moore versus Several Antagonists 262

IX Lady Byron's 'Remarks' 303

X Trouble from Two Scotsmen 338

XI An Imaginative Frenchman 372

XII The Cost of a Journey 396

XIII 'Lord Byron's Jackal' 430

XIV Two Countesses 448

XV 'Implora Pace' 487

Miniature Biography 513

Some Leading Characters 521

Printed Sources Consulted 525

Index 534

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