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Jay PariniThough a marvelous poet, [Byron] was also a monster, abusive and recklessly selfish. Although Markovits asks us to spend relatively little time in his company, Byron's depredations come through loud and clear: to know him is to dislike him. Luckily, Annabella stands at the center of the narrative—a beautifully drawn character, portrayed with moral clarity as well as complexity.
—The New York Times