Even by today's standards, nineteenth-century British poet Lord Byron led a wild life. In between his passionate and public love affairs with both men and women, his alleged dalliance with his half-sister, his courageous battlefield exploits in the Greek War of Independence, and his untimely death from a fatal illness at the age of 36, he managed to produce some of the most memorable poetry ever written in the English language. This biography presents a comprehensive look at Byron's life.
Painter Benjamin West was an important figure in art history, as he was born in what later became the United States in 1738 and was reaching his creative peak just as the Revolutionary War broke out. As such, he is regarded as one of the first significant painters to focus on American history as his subject. This comprehensive biography of West is a must-read for art lovers.
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The lives of the humble Pringle family of Scotland are turned upside down with the news that they have been named the recipients of a relative's inheritance. Trading quiet village life for the hustle and bustle of London is a difficult transition, and the family documents the bumpy ride in a series of letters to friends and relatives.
John Galt's ambitious novel Ringan Gilhaize presents a detailed historical account of the rise of opposing religious factions in Scotland in the early modern period. Told by the eponymous character, the story begins with the life of Ringan's grandfather and proceeds to the period of Ringan himself, detailing virtually every significant event in the country's history along the way.
Introduced by Patricia J. Wilson. In a story which lays bare the strengths and the horrors of the egalitarian Scottish Presbyterian spirit, Ringan Gilhaize looks across three generations to describe Scotland’s most turbulent years, from his grandfather’s support for the Reformation, to the harsher years of his own sufferings as a persecuted Covenanter in the killing times. Unique when it was published in 1823, and unique to this day, Ringan Gilhaize is an autobiography, a folk history of enormous scope, and a compelling psychological portrait of how idealism can turn to fanaticism. History tells us that John Graham of Claverhouse (‘bluidy Clavers’) was killed by a stray musket ball at the battle of Killiecrankie in 1689. This is the story of the bitter religious and political conflicts that led to that battle, from the mouth of the man who pulled the trigger. Best known as the author of The Provost, Annals of the Parish and The Entail, Galt shows the full range and power of his writing in Ringan Gilhaize and reinforces his claim to be in the very highest rank of Scottish writers.
Edited and introduced by P.H. Scott & Ian Gordon. Galt’s two great political novels date from around the passing of the Reform Act of 1832. The Member has claims to be the first political novel in the English language and is a tour de force of wit, observation, and a devastating critique of political self-seekings. Its hero is a Scot, newly returned from India, who purchases a seat in a rotten borough. As a study of the corruption of the pre-reform parliament it is unsurpassed. The Radical is a study of narrow-minded, humour-less fanaticism. Galt’s aim is to demonstrate the fragility of the existing order and the closeness of anarchy to the surface of society. This is the first republication of The Radical since its original edition.