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Lord Byron's Jackal: A Life of Edward John Trelawny

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After a tumultuous childhood and youth, Trelawny (1792-1881) bullied his way into the circle of Romantic poets in Italy. There he designed the boat that drowned Shelley on its maiden voyage, abandoned Byron in Greece to be bled to death by an incompetent physician, and survived an assignation attempt. He then returned to England to regale an entire generation with such tal ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Four Walls Eight Windows
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Paul Hughes


Well researched and engagingly written. It's clear that Crane doesn't like Trelawny, and indeed he does seem unlikeable. There is little documentary evidence about Trelawny's life, and what he wrote himself is hugely unreliable, consequently much of this book is taken up instead with a history of the Greek civil warsin which Trelawny took part. For 150 pages in the middle of the book, Trelawny virtually vanishes, holed up in a cave, and we get a lengthy and not always relevant examination of th
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Kevmcveigh
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Trelawny is one of the great figures of romanticism, and the most frequently misjudged. Of the seven full length biographies I'm familiar with (and I don't think there are more) this is certainly the most detailed, most enjoyable as story. Trelawny was all about story of course, so that matters.
That said, reading between the lines of other biographies of Byron, the Shelleys, Claire Clairmont and even Jane Williams, I'm wary that Crane too has subscribed a little too much to the debunking of Tre
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Sara Laor
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not very interested in the Romantic movement, this was a fascinating read. The whole history of Greek revolution and the personalities involved were amazing to read and understand beyond the 3-4 paragraphs we get in high school (if we're lucky). I especially enjoyed the absolutely beautiful prose. I frequently had to stop and re-read some sentences simply to savor the beauty of their language and structure.
James
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-biography
A fascinating biography of a spinner of yarns, enigmatic corsair and comrade of Byron, but to what extent is somewhat mysterious. David Crane attempts to sort this out and provides thrilling military history along with some of the answers about the man, Edward John Trelawney, who was at times (sometimes at all at once) a liar, fraud and scoundrel.
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