Lady Caroline Lamb

Standard Name: Lamb, Lady Caroline
Birth Name: Caroline Ponsonby
Styled: Lady Caroline Ponsonby
Nickname: Car Ponsonby
Married Name: Lady Caroline Lamb
Nickname: Caro William
Nickname: Lady Calantha Limb
LCL was the author of three early-nineteenth-century novels and of an unpublished diary and occasional poetry. Some of her satirical poems were published. She wrote her first novel as a personal testament and retaliation after her affair with Byron , and her work has seldom been discussed other than in that context. Her later novels, however, move away from the personal.


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death George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
His body was brought back to England (contrary to his expressed wishes), where dissension arose over his funeral. His sister wanted it to be private and aristocratic, while public opinion (though not the establishment) wanted...
Dedications Frances Arabella Rowden
She dedicated the work to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (aunt of her pupil Lady Caroline Lamb ), who blooms the sweetest flow'r in Britain's isle.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Poetical Introduction to the Study of Botany. T. Bensley.
She explained its genesis in an advertisement (dated 23 May...
Education L. E. L.
This school was advanced for its time, and had educated women such as Mary Russell Mitford and Lady Caroline Lamb . Rowden was herself a writer. While there, LEL learned a great deal of French...
Education Mary Russell Mitford
On a visit to London in June 1814, MRM returned to the school, attended its prize-giving, and heard a work of her own, The March of Mind, recited. She was to have presented the...
Education Elizabeth Taylor
Her first school, where she went at the age of six, was a little private establishment called Leopold House, which gave a grounding in English and maths and team games.
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books.
When Betty was eleven...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Mary Walker
Her illegitimate grand-daughter Mary was taken back after LMW 's death by her father, Ugo Foscolo , who had settled in London, where he had arrived on 11 September 1816. Mary brought him the...
Family and Intimate relationships Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
As a very young man he had a notorious affair with Lady Caroline Lamb .
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
Lady Caroline Lamb , a friend of both parties, seems to have encouraged the relationship at first, but then warned Rosina not to marry Edward.
Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb. Palgrave Macmillan.
Douglas, Lamb 279
Family and Intimate relationships George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
Lord Byron 's marriage to Annabella Milbanke was at least in part engineered by Lady Melbourne , mother-in-law of Lady Caroline Lamb . Annabella had refused Byron once before she accepted him.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb. Palgrave Macmillan.
128-30, 134-5
Family and Intimate relationships George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron
Apart from Byron's rumoured sexual relation with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh , the most notorious among his many affairs were those with Lady Caroline Lamb , Claire Clairmont , and Teresa Guiccioli . Lamb's remarkable...
Family and Intimate relationships Harriette Wilson
Some months before her twentieth birthday, HW fell in love at first sight with Lord John Ponsonby (a relation of the famous Duchess of Devonshire and cousin of Lady Caroline Lamb ), who became second...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
Having already praised many contemporary women writers in print, EOB was now able to meet them. The move to London was accomplished principally through the zealous friendship of Miss Sarah Wesley , who had already...
Friends, Associates L. E. L.
By the time LEL began living alone, she was well-known in literary circles. She became a good friend of Emma Roberts and Rosina Bulwer-Lytton around this time, and gradually became a recognized London public figure...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
At the same period EOB was a friend of another miscellaneous writer, Elizabeth Isabella Spence , who entertained in the same eccentric, low-budget style. These two elderly ladies (Spence was ten years older than Benger)...
Friends, Associates Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
Their mother was living in Paris at this time, and Rosina lived in London with her uncle Sir John Doyle (latterly without her sister, who joined their mother in Paris). She reputedly had an unusual...


By July 1813: Byron published The Giaour, an oriental tale...

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By July 1813

Byron published The Giaour, an oriental tale in verse, written from late 1812 to early 1813, in a deliberately unfinished state.

December 1825: The banking firm of Sir Peter Poole failed,...

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December 1825

The banking firm of Sir Peter Poole failed, dragging down seven other banks with it.


Lamb, Lady Caroline. A New Canto. William Wright, 1819.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. Ada Reis. John Murray, 1823.
George Gordon, sixth Baron Byron, and Lady Caroline Lamb. Fugitive Pieces and Reminiscences of Lord Byron. Editor Nathan, Isaac, Whittaker, Treacher, 1829.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. Glenarvon. Henry Colburn, 1816.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. Glenarvon. Henry Colburn, 1816.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. Gordon. T. and J. Allman, 1821.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. Graham Hamilton. Henry Colburn, 1822.
Lamb, Lady Caroline. The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb. Editor Douglass, Paul, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.