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‘Glenarvon’  was written by the British novelist and aristocrat Lady Caroline Lamb (13 November 1785 – 26 January 1828), she is best known for her affair with Lord Byron in 1812, which resulted in her fall and ostracized her from society. After Byron ended the affair, she took her revenge on him by writing the novel in 1816. In the story the character Glenarvon corrupts the innocent young bride Calantha (Caroline herself) leading to their mutual ruin and death. In the book Byron is characterized as the rakish Lord Ruthven, the same name of the character used by William Polidori in his story the Vampyre; it is possible that she gave Byron his lasting epitaph when she described him as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know."


Glenarvon. Lady Caroline Lamb. 1816

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