A magisterial account
of Byron's life as a poet, public figure and serial shagger, this 674- page biography is both scholarly and readable
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MacCarthy also pays due attention to the poetry, and charts his posthumous influence on figures as diverse as Disraeli, Oscar Wilde and W H Auden (Irish Independent
)Fiona McCarthy deserves huge credit for uncovering so much new and illuminating information
. This impressive
biography was originally published in 2002 and has now been updated after MacCarthy undertook new research . . . entertaining and easy-to-read
This biography (by Byron's own publisher John Murray) reinterprets Byron's life and poetry. MacCarthy casts a fresh eye on Byron's childhood in Scotland, his embattled relations with his mother and his series of relationships with adolescent boys - a subject ignored in previous biographies.