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By Dorothy Stein

ISBN-10: 026219242X

ISBN-13: 9780262192422

During this engrossing biography, Dorothy Stein strips away the various layers of fable to bare a narrative way more dramatic and interesting than prior bills have indicated.

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As for Lady Byron, she had been accustomed to having her way from earliest childhood, but as a grown woman she could not expect to gratify her taste for universal domination outside her family circle, or even within it, in any situation so well as in that of a titled widow of independent means, with sole control over her child. Even before Byron's death, separation, with herself cast in the role of the suffering saint, brought to her many of the advantages of widowhood. It was as if she had had to pass through marriage to emerge on the other side.

The other, "higher" school was for the sons of the well-to:"do. In their case, "action" was 1 Understand, Mamma 23 afforded by "military exercises, swimming, riding, pedestrian excur­ sions, skating, gardening, turning and other mechanical operations. " I f yet more action seemed warranted, Lady Byron continued, Pupils of the upper school who were found to require physical strengthening or, as was the case with many, bodily fatigue, were sent for a time to field-labour with the lower school, a proceeding which in both cases acted as a wholesome medicine; whilst by the boys themselves, getting up at three o'clock.

His description of her appearance agrees well with one left by her father's old friend, John Cam Hobhouse, who met her in February 1 834 and recorded in his diary, "she is a large coarse-skinned young woman. . I was exceedingly disap­ pointed. " Greig attributed her early taciturnity to the demure behavior of the well-brought-up maiden, but his own account suggests another cause. At this time Lady N. Byron was residing at Fordhook in Middlesex, and her most intimate friends were the late Miss Doyle, Miss Mont­ gomery and Miss Carr the sister-in-law of Dr.

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