Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

ISBN-10: 0374532931

ISBN-13: 9780374532932

Edition: N/A

Authors: Daisy Hay

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Young Romanticstells the story of the interlinked lives of the young English Romantic poets from an entirely fresh perspectivecelebrating their extreme youth and outsize yearning for friendship as well as their individuality and political radicalism. The book focuses on the network of writers and readers who gathered around Percy Bysshe Shelley and the campaigning journalist Leigh Hunt. They included Lord Byron, John Keats, and Mary Shelley, as well as a host of fascinating lesser-known figures: Mary Shelley's stepsister and Byron's mistress, Claire Clairmont; Hunt's botanist sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kent; the musician Vincent Novello; the painters Benjamin Haydon and Joseph Severn; and writers such as Charles and Mary Lamb, Thomas Love Peacock, and William Hazlitt. They were characterized by talent, idealism, and youthful ardor, and these qualities shaped and informed their politically oppositional stancesas did their chaotic family arrangements, which often left the young women, despite their talents, facing the consequences of the men's philosophies. InYoung Romantics, Daisy Hay follows the group's exploits, from its inception in Hunt's prison cell in 1813 to its disintegration after Shelley's premature death in 1822. It is an enthralling tale of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and friendship, all of which were played out against a background of political turbulence and intense literary creativity.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Author's Note
Preface
Creating a Coterie
Husbands
Wives and Mistresses
Sisters
Children
Italy and England
Counts and Cockneys
Exiles
Travellers
Corsairs
After the Storm
The Future
The Present
The Past
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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