Miranda Seymour: In Byron's Wake - The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron's Wife and Daughter, Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
In 1815, the clever, courted and cherished Annabella Milbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron. Just one year later, she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, the future Ada Lovelace. Byron himself escaped into exile and died as a revolutionary hero in 1824, aged 36. The one thing he asked his wife to do was to make sure their daughter never became a poet. Instead, brought up by one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England, Ada was introduced to mathematics and became a leading scientist, using Faraday's experiments with light refraction to explore distant stars and predicting the dawn of the modern computer age.
Miranda Seymour's masterful portrait of two remarkable women reveals how their turbulent lives were haunted by the spirit of Byron.
Mary Shelley's life was as dramatic as her fiction. Frankenstein is one of the greatest horror stories ever written. Drawing on unexplored sources Miranda Seymour's hugely acclaimed biography is being republished to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Frankenstein.
Thursday 18th October 12.30pm