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Benita Eisler’s Byron is a masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and pre-figured the modern age of celebrity—an absorbing, illuminating, and wonderfully entertaining account of Lord Byron’s spectacular life, monumental work, and lasting heroic legacy.
Drawing on previously unavailable material—including family papers only recently brought to light—Eisler offers us a more complex vision of Byron than any we’ve had before: a man who rose from the depths of poverty and the humiliation of childhood lameness to a pinnacle of success and fame unlike anything the world had ever seen, and whose bravura identity as renegade aristocrat, political revolutionary, mythic lover, and Romanticism’s galvanizing hero and antihero was surpassed in brilliance only by his poetic genius. …[more]
Almost 24 years his junior, Georgia O’Keeffe became for Alfred Stieglitz a near icon of American art—as well as his wife. In a marvelous, multileveled biography, Benita Eisler traces the epic and stormy relationship of these incomparable artists, from their consuming ambition to their sexual experimentation.