Byron in Love

Byron in Love

A Short Daring Life

By Edna O'Brien

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393338478, 228pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2010

Acclaimed biographer of James Joyce, Edna O Brien has written a jaunty (The New Yorker) biography that suits her fiery and charismatic subject. She follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric rise to fame at the age of twenty-four. With a novelist's understanding of tempo and characterization (Miami Herald), O Brien captures the spirit of the man and creates an indelible portrait that explodes the Romantic myth. Byron, as brilliantly rendered by O Brien, is the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, and defiantly immortal.

About the Author
EDNA O BRIEN is the author of eighteen works of fiction, including the New York Times Notable Books and Book Sense picks Wild Decembers and In the Forest, and Lantern Slides, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2002 she won the National Medal for Fiction from the National Arts Club. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, O Brien was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived in London for many years.