dust jacket of "Allegra"
Bruce Peel Library

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Penguin Random House Archive and Library


Iris Origo


A biography of Byron's illegitimate daughter by Jane Clairemont, this book tells the story of the short fve year life of the girl and of her tribulations as Byron's illegitimate daughter. Almost ridiculously sentimental and sympathetic, the biography uses Free Indirect Discourse to focalize through the baby and to attempt to recreate her sensory and emotional experience as an abandoned child. The biography contains some apparatus such as a bibliography and some replicated letters, but plays fast and loose with emotional truth and draws the descriptions of Jane Clairemont directly from Peacock's Nightmare Abbey.



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