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Both Byron and Shelley died young. By the time Byron left Harrow, almost half his life was over; and when Shelley left Eton, three-fifths of his life was gone. Ian Gilmour has concentrated on the two poets in their youth, and has told their stories in tandem. Their formative years were packed with incident and had a decisive influence on the later lives of them both. As an historian, Gilmour provides a colourful account of the political, social and economic background to their writings. Byron and Shelley lived in the stormy age of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the post-Napoleon reaction. They became close friends, and though they are usually thought to have been very different from each other, Gilmour shows that they had much more in common than is usually recognised.
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Fascinating and accessible evocation of the lives of Byron and Shelley.About the Author:
Ian Gilmour has been a barrister, journalist, politician and writer. He edited the Spectator from 1954 to 1959; he was a Conservative M. P. from 1962 to 1992, and is now in the House of Lords. He was Secretary of State for defence in Edward Heath's government, and Lord Privy Seal and Deputy Foreign Secretary at the beginning of Mrs Thatcher's. His previous books include Riots, Risings And Revolution; Dancing With Dogma, an analysis of Britain under Thatcherism; Britain Can Work, an examination of laissez-faire economics; and The Body Politic, an historical account of the British constitution.
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Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0701171103