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LCL was the author of three early-nineteenth-century novels and of an unpublished diary and occasional poetry.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.
Photograph of a portrait of Lady Caroline Lamb, by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Her head is tilted, and her curly brown hair is presented as natural and unstyled. Her head and neck emerge from a background impressionistically rendered without concrete detail.
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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...
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 Lady Eleanor Butler
Among their many visitors (apart from the local gentry, with whom they duly established links), close friends included Anna Seward , Henrietta Maria Bowdler (who wrote mock-flirtatiously of LEB as her veillard [sic] or old...
Friends, Associates Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
They had houses, or mansions, in Tyrone, in Scotland, and at Stanmore Priory near London; they treated the celebrated writer as a kind of household pet, even making fun of her nationalist...
Friends, Associates Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre
BBBD 's circle of friends at this period of her life, many of them entertained by herself and her husband at the Hoo but many whose relationship with her went back to long before her...
Friends, Associates Amelia Opie
She had already begun to move in fashionable circles, and became friendly with Lady Caroline Lamb , Lady Cork , and painters James Northcote and Sir Joshua Reynolds .
Opie, Amelia. “Introduction”. Adeline Mowbray, edited by Shelley King and John B. Pierce, Oxford University Press, 1999, p. i - xxix.
In 1802, in London and...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Thomas
Thomas calls her Caroline Lamb character Lady Calantha Limb, appropriating the Christian name of Lamb's heroine in Glenarvon, along with several of her speeches. Elizabeth Thomas 's own heroine, the beautiful, rich, cherished, seventeen-year-old...
Literary responses Elizabeth Thomas
Lady Caroline Lamb felt, she said, relieved that ET had not succeeded in turning her into ridicule, since she had less idea even of common humour—& liveliness than any one I ever met with. She...
Material Conditions of Writing Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
The first idea for this book had come to her in Italy, when she looked at Rosa's pictures in galleries, and learned that he had also been a satirist of the established political order. She...
Occupation Frances Arabella Rowden
On leaving the St Quintins' school FAR became a governess. Her employers included, for several years, Lord Bessborough (one of whose children was the future Lady Caroline Lamb ).
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. L’Estrange, Alfred Guy KinghamEditor , Harper and Brothers, 1870.
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Occupation Frances Arabella Rowden
FAR was clearly a key element, perhaps the key element, in the success of the Hans Place school. She taught the general curriculum there for nearly twenty-five years, from its founding until 1818, and she...
Publishing Frances Arabella Rowden
It has a curious emblematic frontispiece done by Rowden's former pupil Lady Caroline Lamb , which shows Superstition, terrified at the annihilation of the Pagan Deities, being directed by an Angel of Light to turn...
Publishing Elizabeth Thomas
With Purity of Heart; or, The Ancient Costume. A Tale (and with a different publisher and different pseudonym), Elizabeth Thomas entered the specific battle-ground surrounding Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb .
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Publishing Isabella Kelly
Publishing Sophia King
SK 's subscribers included J. Fortnum , Esq. (perhaps her father-in-law), and many from the nobility, including the Duchess of Devonshire and her husband , the Duchess of Rutland , and Lord Melbourne (father-in-law of...


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