The Works of Lady Caroline Lamb

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Abstract

This is the first critical edition of the works of Lady Caroline Lamb (1785–1828), the late Romantic-era novelist now most famous for her affair with Lord Byron. Her first novel, Glenarvon, is a scandalous roman à clef which hinges upon the relationship’s break-up. However, it also indicts Lamb’s friends and family as a morally bankrupt and ineffective aristocracy. Her familiarity with, and criticism of, the power structures of her time mean that her novels deserve to be viewed within their wider cultural and historical contexts. From birth, the intersecting worlds of politics and fashion surrounded Lamb. She was born into the heart of the ultra-cosmopolitan, politically frustrated Whig opposition. She was married to William Lamb, later Lord Melbourne and first prime minister to Queen Victoria. Her aunt was Georgiana, fifth Duchess of Devonshire. The Prince Regent was godfather to her only son. Her intellectual endeavours were supported by Edward and Rosina Bulwer Lytton, William Godwin, Lady Morgan, Amelia Opie, Elizabeth Benger and Elizabeth Spence. Culturally, she is an influential link between second-generation Romantic and first-generation Victorian writers. This is the first edition to present Lamb’s works in a scholarly format. Graham Hamilton and Ada Reis have never been republished, and Gordon: A Tale has been misattributed to Byron. This edition will appeal to scholars of Romanticism and Women’s Writing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPickering & Chatto
Number of pages1040
ISBN (Print)9781851969029
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Publication series

NameThe Pickering Masters
PublisherPickering & Chatto

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