In Byron's Wake

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
In 1815, the clever and courted Annabella Milbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron. Just one year later, she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, Ada Lovelace. Byron himself escaped into exile and died as a revolutionary hero in 1824. Brought up by a mother who became one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England, Byron’s little girl was introduced to mathematics as a means of calming her wild spirits. As a child invalid, Ada dreamed of building a steam-driven flying horse. As an exuberant and boldly unconventional young woman, she amplified her explanations of Charles Babbage’s unbuilt calculating engine to predict the dawn of the modern computer age.During her life, Lady Byron was praised as a paragon of virtue; within ten years of her death, she was vilified as a disgrace to her sex. Well over a hundred years later, Annabella Milbanke is still perceived as a prudish wife and cruelly controlling mother. But her hidden devotion to Byron and her tender ambitions for his mercurial, brilliant daughter reveal a deeply complex but unexpectedly sympathetic personality.Drawing on fascinating new material, Seymour reveals the ways in which Byron, long after his death, continued to shape the lives and reputations both of his wife and his daughter.


Anticipation 176192
A Very Fine Child 17921810
The Siege of Annabella 181012
Entering the Lists 181213
An Epistolary Courtship 181314
A Sojourn in Hell January to March 1815
13 Piccadilly Terrace 181516
My Fair Interpretress 18434
The Enchantress 18434
The Lady from Porlock 18449
Vanity Fair 184750
The Hand of the Past 18501
Rainbows End 18512
Life after Ada 18523

The Separation 1816
In the Public Eye 181624
In Search of a Father
A Rainbows Arc 182935
Mathematical Friendships 18345
Adas Marriage 183540
An Unconventional Wife 183640
Ambitions and Delusions 18401
A Cuckoo in the Nest 18413
The Making and Breaking of a Reputation
Enshrinement 185360
Timeline of Events
Note on Adas Health
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Miranda Seymour’s previous books include Thrumpton Hall, A Memoir of Life in My Father’s House (NYTBR Editor’s Choice, winner of the 2008 PEN/Ackerley Award); Mary Shelley (Grove), Robert Graves: Life on the Edge (Holt); Ottoline Morrell: Life on a Grand Scale (FSG). She lives in England.

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