Byron and the vampires | TLS

W hen Claire Clairmont threatened to leave Lord Byron, he would always reply: “you may go away, if you like but you shall not forget me – no woman who has once loved me has ever forgotten me for I took good care to brand her with such infamy, she could not but remember me for the rest of her existence and I will for the same by you”. The effect of Byron was not just felt by women; the Romantic age was feverishly obsessed with him. But those who came closest to the poet and his fame discovered that what they had hoped would improve their own lives turned out to destroy them, as Andrew McConnell Stott shows us in his biography, The Vampyre Family: Passion, envy and the curse of Byron.

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