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Lady Byron Vindicated

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Book Overview: 

The True Story Of Lady Byron's Life, a brief exposé of the famous poet Lord Byron's sordid private life which had led to a separation from his wife and drove him out of England, as told to her by Lady Byron herself before her death. Stowe wrote this article long after Lady Byron's death, when Lady Byron‘s impeccable reputation was being smeared across Europe by Byron's influential literary friends, and her trustees were doing nothing to defend her. Criticism against the article raged in the American and European press and damaged the Atlantic's circulation, but Stowe remained confident, and the following year, she expanded her article into this full-length exposé. Sprinkled throughout with Byron's biting poetry, Lady Byron's and other notable correspondence, and Stowe's outrage at the way women were belittled and treated as property during the Victorian period, the invectives in this book are, even by modern standards, intense!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lord Byron had not died,—had he truly and deeply repented, and become a thoroughly good man, and returned to England to pursue a course worthy of his powers, there was on record neither word nor deed from his wife to stand in his way.

His place was kept in society, ready for him to return to whenever he came clothed and in his right mind. He might have had the heart and confidence of his daughter unshadowed by a suspicion. He might have won the reverence of the great and good in his own lands and all lands. That hope, which was the strong support, the prayer of the silent wife, it did not please God to fulfil.

Lord Byron died a worn-out man at thirty-six. But the bitter seeds he had sown came up, after his death, in a harvest of thorns over his grave; and there were not wanting hands to use them as instruments of torture on the heart of his widow.

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Community Reviews

Basically, Harriet Beeecher Stowe coming for Lord Byron and his admirers with receipts. Written after Lady Byron's death, Mrs. Stowe (a personal friend of Lady Byron's, they knew each other through abolitionist work) boiled over when Lord Byron's last mistress, by this point an old lady, published a

Very interesting insight and point of view into this intriguing story. Full of interesting anecdotes and ressources. Must be read with a critical eye though, the position of the writer being obviously one sided and pretty radical.

If you haven't read this book by Harriet Beecher Stowe, yes that HB Stowe, you should. It turns out the "LORD" Byron was quite reprehensible.