Lunchtime Lecture: The Byron Ladies: Icons and Outcasts

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19 July 2018, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Ada Lovelace
by William Henry Mote, after Alfred Edward Chalon
published 1839
NPG D5124

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Biographer Miranda Seymour, author of In Byron's Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lady Byron and Ada Lovelace, examines how the poet’s wife was trashed, then elevated and then smashed by the Victorian press, whilst her daughter Ada disappeared from public consciousness for almost a hundred years after her death until her reputation was saved by Alan Turing. Miranda Seymour is a novelist, biographer and critic. She has been a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she lives both in London and at Thrumpton Hall, her family’s ancestral home in Nottinghamshire. Miranda Seymour began writing as a historical novelist, moving from fiction into biography during the 1980s with her remarkable group portrait of Henry James and his literary circle: A Ring of Conspirators. Her books include Ottoline Morrell: Life on a Grand Scale, Robert Graves: Life on the Edge, Mary Shelley, A Brief History of Thyme, In My Father's House: Elegy for an Obsessive Love, Chaplin's Girl and Noble Endeavours.

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