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Unfashioned Creatures

Book review: Unfashioned Creatures by Lesley McDowell

Review by Pam Norfolk

‘Love is merely a madness,’ wrote Shakespeare but it was the poets and writers of the later Romantic period who came to love madness to distraction.

Mental disorders, sexual obsession and supernatural mystery were at the beating heart of 19th century literature… and leading the charge was Mary Shelley with her […]

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A silhouette of Dorothy Wordsworth by an unknown artist. The Wordsworth Trust.A silhouette of Dorothy Wordsworth by an unknown artist. The Wordsworth Trust.

Getting to know Dorothy Wordsworth

By Pamela Woof

Dorothy Wordsworth was a poet’s sister but she only became truly aware of the significance of that relationship when it burst on her when she was fifteen and a half. She had been separated from her four brothers and father when she was six at the death of her mother. Her girl-hood, […]

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Claire ClairmontClaire Clairmont by Amelia Curran 1819. Image courtesy of Newstead

Claire Clairmont: On her letters and journals

By Lesley McDowell

“I have just got your amusing letter (no one writes such good letters as you do)…I have not the art of letter writing – You have it to an eminent degree.”

Mary Shelley was not attempting to ingratiate herself with her step-sister, Claire Clairmont, when she wrote these words to her towards […]

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron replica by Thomas Phillips. Picture courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery.George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron replica by Thomas Phillips. Picture courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery.

'What Exile from himself can flee?': Byron and the price of exile

by Andrew McConnell Stott.

For one who identified so strongly with the bitterness and imagery of exile – of being marked out, cast out, and left to wander – Lord Byron did not flinch when it came to sending people away. Take Frank Boyce, a servant he had taken up to Cambridge in 1806, only […]

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Percy Bysshe Shelley by Amelia Curran.Percy Bysshe Shelley by Amelia Curran. Picture courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery

Percy Bysshe Shelley and revolutionary Ireland

By Sinéad Fitzgibbon.

Ireland at the turn of the 19th century was a country in a state of flux.  Tensions between the oppressed Catholic majority and the wealthy Anglo-Irish ruling class, known as the Protestant Ascendancy, had reached an all-time high.  This was due in large part to the continuing existence of some onerous and […]

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