Claire Clairmont, stepsister of Mary Shelley and mother of Byron's illegitimate daughter Allegra, has never been given a full biographical treatment until this acclaimed biography by the late Robert Gittings and Jo Manton. Drawing on her vivid letters and journals, it portrays a woman of talent and resilience making her way in 19th-century Europe.
Readership: Students of the Romantics, and of the position of independent women in 19th-century. General readers of biography. on the Romantics.
"This book is a joy to read ... her life has been rescued from oblivion and her memory made secure in this excellent and highly enjoyable biography." - Contemporary Review
"a glorious wealth of material ... enables the women of the past to speak for themselves ... a superbly readable life" - Sunday Telegraph