Byron's "Corbeau Blanc": The Life and Letters of Lady Melbourne
Texas A&M University Press, 1998 - 488 ページ
"What famous letters your own are . . . I never saw such traits of discernment, observation of character, knowledge of your own sex, and sly concealment of your knowledge of the foibles of ours," wrote the twenty-four-year-old Lord Byron to Lady Melbourne. More than one hundred previously unpublished letters of Lady Melbourne are included in this scholarly edition which vividly re-creates the late Georgian age. Lady Melbourne's controversial letters to Lord Byron are published in their entirety for the first time, revealing her significant influence on his masterpiece, Don Juan.
Long before the famous correspondence between Byron and Lady Melbourne began, she had impressed her own contemporaries as a woman of no small signficance. Married off to the son of a wealthy lawyer, she used her superior education, attention to detail, and business acumen to manage her amiable but dissolute husband's affairs.
A leading female agriculturist, she was the Duchess of Devonshire's closest confidante, as well as the mistress of the Prince of Wales (1780–84). At her residence in Piccadilly, she entertained a brilliant company that included Charles James Fox, George Canning, and Charles Grey. A half dozen of the nation's most famous painters executed her portrait in oil, while Sheridan recorded her witty repartee in The School for Scandal. Scholars of the Romantic period will welcome reading these carefully annotated letters written by one of the age's most ambitious and captivating personalities.
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Letter of Lord Melbourne to Sophia Baddeley
Unpublished Letter of the Prince Regent to Lady Melbourne
Three Letters of Lord Grey to Lady Melbourne Regarding the Appointment of Frederick Land to a Diplomatic Position in the Two Sicilies
Genealogical Tables The Milbanks and Melbourne Families
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19 ページ - Wraxall, the diplomat, paid tribute to her "commanding figure, exceeding the middle height, full of grace and dignity, an animated countenance, intelligent features, captivating manners, and conversation; all these and many other attractions, enhanced by coquetry, met in Lady Melbourne
46 ページ - Westmorland, she turned on her heel and wrote in her diary that he was 'mad, bad, and dangerous to know.' The acquaintance was renewed at Lady Holland's, and for nine months he almost lived at Melbourne House, where he contrived to 'sweep away' the dancing, in which he could take no part.
21 ページ - Mr. Damer supped at the Bedford Arms in Covent Garden, with four common women, a blind fiddler, and no other man. At three in the morning he dismissed his seraglio, bidding each receive her guinea at the bar, and ordering Orpheus to come up again in half-an-hour.