Byron and the Honourable Augusta Leigh


by John S. Chapman,Yale University Press, $10.00. The author, a medical man by profession and a Byron buff by avocation, argues that no incest took place between the poet and his half-sister Augusta. The defense is ingenious, but depends on the assumption of much successful forgery by Lady Caroline Lamb. That the scorned Caro was capable of forgery is unquestionable; that she could have managed it on the scale required remains dubious. Dr. Chapman writes pleasantly and provides an appendix on Byron’s health and the cause of his death which is of great interest. Notes, bibliography, chronology, illustrations.