Kindness of Sisters: Annabella Milbanke and the Destruction of the Byrons

3.58 avg rating
( 31 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780002570527: Kindness of Sisters: Annabella Milbanke and the Destruction of the Byrons

A groundbreaking work of Romantic biography; David Crane's book is an astonishingly original examination of Byron, and a radical approach to biography.

Crane focuses on the lifelong feud between Augusta – Byron's half-sister with whom he had a passionate affair – and Annabella, his society wife. Recreating a meeting between the two, years after Byron's death – the Romantic 'High Noon' – he explores the emotional and sexual truth and the human vulnerability that lie at the heart of the Byron story.

The Kindness of Sisters is not only rigorous in its scholarship, but also superbly compelling drama. Crane's book combines passion, revenge and recrimination in nineteenth century Britain with all the intensity of a Greek tragedy.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

‘In Lord Byron’s Jackal, David Crane brings Edward Trelawny – seaman, scoundrel, friend of Byron and Shelley startlingly to life. Here is a wonderful adventure story about a man who invented himself in the image of the Byronic hero and lived to the hilt the final passionate and violent flowering of Romanticism in the cause of Greek independence.’
STELLA TILLYARD

‘Fascinating and oddly disturbing, Crane vividly evokes the horror of a revolution in which both sides were equally brutal. His is a complex book, but as a narrative of mingled fraud and genius it is altogether convincing.’
Jan Morris, Independent

From the Back Cover:

A groundbreaking work of Romantic biography – David Crane's book in an important and original examination of Byron, revolutionary in its technique.

The great Romantic poet, Lord Byron, left a trail of scandal and destruction in his wake. David Crane's genius is to examine Byron's legacy through the worlds and lives of the women he left behind. At the book's heart is the lifelong feud between Augusta – Byron's half-sister with whom he had a passionate affair – and Annabella, his society wife. Crane reconstructs a meeting between the two women years after Byron's death through which he explores the emotional and sexual truth and human vulnerability which lie at the heart of the Byron story.

'The Kindness of Sisters' is a story full of dubious motives, none more so that in Annabella's 'saving' of Augusta and her child Medora, and her twisted revenge on them both. David Crane's book re-established the compulsive drama of this story. And, in the mere presence of two elderly women – the one frail from chronic ill health, the other dying – we have the ultimate proof of the obsession with the memory and influence of Byron that makes their story, the story of the age itself.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Crane, David
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins. Book Condition: New. 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # 9780002570527

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Crane, David
Published by HarperCollins (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 4
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Book Condition: New. 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # 9780002570527

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Crane, David
Published by HarperCollins (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Wormhill Books
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New copy. Order before 10am to ensure same (working) day dispatch. Orders will be dispatched by 1st Class post, heavier items by 2nd Class or courier. Standard mail will be dispatched by 2nd Class post or Parcel Force. Overseas orders will be dispatched by priority airmail. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000017573

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Crane, David
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
madelyns books
(suffolk, A., United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW. IN STOCK. ALL BOOKS BUBBLE WRAPPED AND SENT NEXT WORKING DAY FROM THE U/K 1ST CLASS. Bookseller Inventory # 0918W544923

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

David Crane
Published by HarperCollins (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 400 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0002570521

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Crane, David
Published by Harper Collins, London, U.K. (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Owen Box Disposals (OBD)
(Kendal, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins, London, U.K., 2002. Cloth. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 293pp; dec'd eps; b/w pls; endnotes, bibliography, index. Unopened, unclipped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback Biography. Bookseller Inventory # 006900

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 8
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Crane, David
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0002570521. Bookseller Inventory # Z0002570521ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Crane, David
Published by HarperCollins Publishers 2002-01-01 (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002570521 ISBN 13: 9780002570527
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers 2002-01-01, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. 0002570521. Bookseller Inventory # Z0002570521ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds