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Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives by Daisy Hay
  

Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives

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Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives by Daisy Hay

'The web of our Life is of mingled Yarn' John Keats In Young Romantics Daisy Hay shatters the myth of the Romantic poet as a solitary, introspective genius, telling the story of the communal existence of an astonishingly youthful circle. The fiery, generous spirit of Leigh Hunt, radical journalist and editor of The Examiner, took centre stage. He bound together the restless Shelley and his brilliant wife Mary, author of Frankenstein; Mary's feisty step-sister Claire Clairmont, who became Byron's lover and the mother of his child; and Hunt's charismatic sister-in-law Elizabeth Kent. With authority, sparkling prose and constant insight Daisy Hay describes their travels in France, Switzerland and Italy, their artistic triumphs, their headstrong ways, their grievous losses and their devastating tragedies. Young Romantics explores the history of the group, from its inception in Leigh Hunt's prison cell in 1813 to its ultimate disintegration in the years following 1822. It encompasses tales of love, betrayal, sacrifice and friendship, all of which were played out against a background of political turbulence and intense literary creativity. This smouldering turmoil of strained relationships and insular friendships would ferment to inspire the drama of Frankenstein, the heady idealism of Shelley's poetry, and Byron's own self-loathing, self-loving public persona. Above all the characters are rendered on the page with marvellous vitality, and this is a gloriously entrancing and revelatory read, the debut of a young biographer of the highest calibre and enormous promise.

Reviews

'A most impressive achievement'
Michael Holroyd

'Truly, it's delicious...the book's pace and sweep induce you to investigate nooks and crannies into which Hay is able to shine a torch only briefly, to take down from your shelves books you haven't touched in two decades'
Observer

'A masterly achievement. Lively, innovative and brimming with insights, it offers a wonderfully intimate and well-researched story of collaboration, rivalry and passion during a fascinating period in literary history'
Daily Telegraph

'Enthralling'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Daisy Hay was born in Oxford in 1981. She is the author of Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives, for which she was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy and highly commended by the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She has a BA and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature from the University of York. In 2009-10 she was the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford and in 2010-12 she held a visiting scholarship at Wolfson College, Oxford. In 2012-13 she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. She is currently a Lecturer in English Literature and Archival Studies at the University of Exeter, and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. She lives in Devon.

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Publication date

1st May 2011

Author

Daisy Hay

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Author's Website

www.daisyhay.com/

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Biography: literary

ISBN

9781408809723

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