Paul Douglass and Julia Markus

Spring 2016

Lady Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb: Survivors of Storm Byron, 1816

Paul Douglass        Julia Markus (c) Michael Montlack_300dpi

Julia Markus’s groundbreaking new biography shows how Lord Byron’s wife, Annabella Milbanke, survived her marriage and separation from Byron, becoming an important reform figure in England. Lady Caroline’s novel about her affair with Byron appeared two hundred years ago today on May 9, 1816, just as Byron left his wife and child forever. Lady Caroline’s biographer, Paul Douglass, talks with Julia Markus to discuss these remarkable Romantic-era women and the writing of biography today.

May 9, 7pm – Joint Reading and Book Signing, MLK 225/229


Paul Douglass is a professor of English and American Literature at San José State University. He is the author of Lady Caroline Lamb: a Biography; The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb; and the editor with Leigh Wetherall Dickson of The Works of Lady Caroline Lamb (3 vols., 2009). He is currently at work on a screenplay based on his biography of Lady Caroline Lamb.

Julia Markus is a biographer whose works include Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Her latest biography of Lady Byron presents the previously maligned aristocrat in an astonishing new light. The Wall Street Journal calls it: “Deliciously absorbing.” She is a professor of English and the director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.


All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.