Tag: George Gordon Byron

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Separating the Art from the Artist

Posthumous Portrait of Percy Shelley by Joseph Severn, 1845.
Posthumous Portrait of Percy Shelley by Joseph Severn, 1845.

The scandalous life of 19th century Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley rivals that of the most shocking celebrities of our modern age.  For him, art was all – even if the pursuit of that art meant the sacrifice of his wife, his children, and his reputation.[…]Continue Reading

Venetia and the Byronic Hero

As romance writers and readers, we are all intimately acquainted with the Byronic hero. That particular brand of brooding, mysterious, misunderstood – and did I mention handsome? – Regency venetiarogue that has stolen the heart of many a sheltered young Regency heroine. He is Captain Conrad in The Corsair, Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. And as dark and dangerous as he is, he makes the honorable, morally upright gentlemen with whom he shares the page seem downright unappealing.[…]Continue Reading

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