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Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography

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Lady Caroline Lamb, among Lord Byron's many lovers, stands out - vilified, portrayed as a self-destructive nymphomaniac - her true story has never been told. Now, Paul Douglass provides the first unbiased treatment of a woman whose passions and independence were incompatible with the age in which she lived. Taking into account a traumatic childhood, Douglass explores Lamb' ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Palgrave MacMillan
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer, Lady Caroline Lamb was a tortured soul, most likely ADHD and bipolar. Although married to the indefatigable William, the great love of her life was Lord Byron. She was quite obsessed with him, learning how to forge his writing and using his poems as models for her own. She alienated her family through her rash actions, thoughtless of repurcussions and gossip. She did become a published author but did not meet with positive reviews, and again forced her in laws ...more
After reading Glenarvon, I really had to read a biography of Lady Caroline Lamb; this is the most recent one I could find. Douglass is very sympathetic to Lamb while managing to remain fairly balanced in his presentation of her, and he doesn't allow Byron to take over, which would be all too easy, I think. He's good about quoting primary sources often (and now I really want to read the letters of Lady Harriet Cavendish, Caroline's cousin, which are alluringly witty and spiteful), and he gives a ...more
Kari Trenten
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rich, three dimensional portrait is painted in words of a woman known to most of the world as Lord Byron’s doomed romantic interest. Paul Douglass fleshes Lady Caroline Lamb fully out, bringing into vivid relief her virtues, vices, and tragic situation, along with those of her intimates and the society they all lived in.

This biography is an educational gem. It allowed me to experience the late 18th century and 19th century through the prism of one person’s experience, her family, and those wh
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Whimsical by: read about her famous family
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Jane Lark
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved learning all about Lady Caroline Lamb's life, some really interesting facts in here. I am now completely fanatical about her relationship with Lord Byron, and have progressed to reading Glenarvon, to discover more of what was going on in Lady Caroline Lambs head.

This biography also implies that Glenarvon is really good for capturing an insight into real 19th Century life, brilliant. Definitely for me then.

Deanna Stanley
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Very sympathetic portrayal of Caroline Lamb. Provided insights into her that I never expected. Unfortunately, the writing is very dry.
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“Caroline’s beloved Brocket Hall has been transformed by a Hong Kong developer into a hotel and conference center. There are rumoured sightings of her ghost in the hotel, at which, of course, one scoffs. Yet, walking the road from the train stop in Welwyn to the Hertfordshire Records Office one gray January morning, I still find it hard to believe she is entirely gone.” 0 likes
“In her will, Lady Caroline bequeathed Lady Morgan the picture of Byron that she had coveted since the days of her first stormy separation from the poet who had inspired her to become that marvelous thing: a lady writer.” 0 likes
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