LADY BYRON VINDICATED. Harriet Beecher Stowe.


A History of The Byron Controversy, from its Beginning in 1816 to the Present Time. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1870. Original flexible blue cloth.

First English Edition, published the same year as the American edition. Stowe had met Lady Byron in London in 1857, and decided she "was the most noble-hearted woman who had ever lived." Lady Byron took her into her confidence and divulged that of all her late husband's sins, the one she could not forgive was that he had been guilty of incest with his own sister. Eleven years later, after Lady Byron's death, one of Byron's mistresses published memoirs that spoke disparagingly of Lady Byron; Stowe decided that it was her Christian duty to set the record straight, and did so first with an article in the Atlantic Monthly and then with this book. Reaction was tumultuous, and "ultimately Mrs. Stowe appears to have realized that she made the worst mistake of her professional life when she publicized Lady Byron's confidences" [Gerson].~This English edition contains a very defensive "Note of the Publishers," which of course did not appear in the American edition; one wonders if perhaps the publishers chose to leave the book's spine unlettered so that the book would not be recognized on the shelf... This is a bright, near-fine copy (front endpaper slightly cracked). Hildreth p. 93. Item #8809

Price: $225.00

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