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This is the first critical edition of the works of Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), the late Romantic-era novelist now most famous for her affair with Lord Byron. Her first novel, Glenarvon, is a scandalous roman à clef which hinges upon the relationship's break-up. However, it also indicts Lamb's friends and family as a morally bankrupt and ineffective aristocracy. Her familiarity with, and criticism of, the power structures of her time mean that her novels deserve to be viewed within their wider cultural and historical contexts.

From birth, the intersecting worlds of politics and fashion surrounded Lamb. She was born into the heart of the ultra-cosmopolitan, politically frustrated Whig opposition. She was married to William Lamb, later Lord Melbourne and first prime minister to Queen Victoria. Her aunt was Georgiana, fifth Duchess of Devonshire. The Prince Regent was godfather to her only son. Her intellectual endeavours were supported by Edward and Rosina Bulwer Lytton, William Godwin, Lady Morgan, Amelia Opie, Elizabeth Benger and Elizabeth Spence. Culturally, she is an influential link between second-generation Romantic and first-generation Victorian writers.

This is the first edition to present Lamb's works in a scholarly format. Graham Hamilton and Ada Reis have never been republished, and Gordon: A Tale has been misattributed to Byron. This edition will appeal to scholars of Romanticism and Women's Writing.


- Situates Lamb's literary achievements within the wider context of her Whig allegiances, her sense of noblesse oblige and her promotion of aristocratic reform

- Ada Reis and Graham Hamilton have never been republished before, Gordon: A Tale has been wrongly attributed to Byron

- All texts are newly reset and editorial material includes a general introduction, volume introductions, headnotes and endnotes.

Bibliographical information:

Lamb, Caroline, Lady. The Works of Lady Caroline Lamb. Edited by Leigh Wetherall Dickson and Malcolm Paul Douglass, Jr. 3 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009.

- Vol. 1. Glenarvon (1816). Edited by Paul Douglass

- Vol. 2. Graham Hamilton (1822) and poems. Edited by Leigh Wetherall Dickson and Paul Douglass. Poems: Poems From Letters; Poems from a Gift Book in the Hertfordshire Archives; Additional Poems from a Gift Book for Georgiana, Lady Morpeth, in the Castle Howard Archives; Verses from Glenarvon (1816); Long Poems; Verses from Graham Hamilton (1822) and Ada Reis (1823); Additional Verses from Isaac Nathan's Fugitive Pieces and Reminiscences of Lord Byron ... also Some Original Poetry, Letter and Recollections of Lady Caroline Lamb

- Vol. 3. Ada Reis, a Tale (1823). Edited by Leigh Wetherall Dickson

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