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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198183518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198183518
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,278,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a joy to read ... her life has been rescued from oblivion and her memory made secure in this excellent and highly enjoyable biography. (Contemporary Review)

a glorious wealth of material ... enables the women of the past to speak for themselves ... a superbly readable life (Sunday Telegraph)

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The late Robert Gittings won prizes for John Keats: The Living Year (W.H. Smith Literary Award 1969); Young Thomas Hardy (Christian Gauss Award 1975); The Older Hardy (RSL Heinemann Award, 1979, James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1979); and with Jo Manton for Dorothy Wordsworth (Southern Arts Literature Prize, 1987). Jo Manton is author of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, and with Robert Gittings The Second Mrs Hardy (1981) and Dorothy Wordsworth (OUP, 1987; pb Oxford Lives, 1988).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 11 July 2010
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Traditionally vilified by biographers of the Godwin, Shelley and Byron circles, Claire Clairmont - the mother of Byron's daughter Allegra and the step-sister of Mary Shelley - has been done a great service by Robert Gittings and Jo Manton who have given her a biography of her own, so that we can finally approach her within the context of her own life. It is a sympathetic account, first published in 1992.

Born Mary Jane Clairmont on 27 April 1798, she adopted the name Claire - which she considered more romantic - after the six-week elopement with Shelley and Mary to Switzerland, then held as the heartland of Romanticism, in the summer of 1814. Dramatic and impulsive, Claire was more than happy to accompany the fugitives, even refusing to return with her mother after she had followed the trio to Calais (Mrs Clairmont was William Godwin's second wife, following the death of Mary Wollstonecraft in 1797).

Apparently oblivious to Mary's grief after the Shelleys' first child died at a few weeks old - Mary found her "tactless liveliness" unendurable (24) - Claire was much preoccupied with her heated pursuit of the poet and lady charmer, Lord Byron. Unable to refuse a woman who, he said, had "scrambled eight hundred miles to unphilosophize [him]", Claire soon fell pregnant. With his usual chivalry, Byron referred to the illegitimate child as "the brat", had it removed from its mother's care and placed it in a lonely convent where it died of typhoid fever aged five in April 1822. The summer of that year brought a second bereavement when Shelley was drowned in a boating accident off the west coast of Italy aged 29, his hands and face eaten away by fish before his body washed ashore. "Claire had to bear her own grief in her own way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2010
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How wonderful that the authors Robert Gittings and Jo Manton have written the biography of this remarkable woman. Most people vaguely remember her name as Mary Shelley's stepsister and Byron's mistress and mother of his daughter Allegra, but Claire Clairmont was so much more then that. Born Jane Clairmont she chose to change it to Claire because it means light, this woman lived on her own terms at a time when most women did not dare to even contemplate such a lifestyle. A talented and brave woman who lived, loved, and dreamed of a better world for men and women alike, drifting around 19th-century Europe.

This beautifully written biography is drawing on her letters and journals that have long been out of print and are almost impossible to find, and presents her tempestuous relationship with Lord Byron, the tragedy of her daughter's death, her association with the Shelleys and her later years in Italy. Claire Clairmont was a fascinating woman who lived a fascinating life, overshadowed by the larger then life personalities that surrounded her, and almost entirely forgotten today. But her memory deserved so much more then that, she deserved her story to be told and this biography does exactly that, indeed rescuing her from oblivion, it introduces to contemporary and future readers Claire Clairmont.
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It is wonderful to get a book on Claire to add to ... 20 Oct. 2014
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It is wonderful to get a book on Claire to add to my library of books on Mary Shelley and her circle. This books gives an added insight to the stepsister of Mary that is invaluable for those who are interested in Mary Shelley and the important influences on her extraordinary life.
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