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Flesh‐Coloured Silk

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582532.003.0004
Flesh‐Coloured Silk

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It was a scandalous age, an age in which the Queen was, at the instigation of her husband, tried before the House of Lords for adultery. This chapter explores the disruption of the boundary separating the public from the private that produces scandal, focusing on Byron's separation crisis, Hazlitt's publication of Liber Amoris, and Edmund Kean's trial for crim. con. Such scandals are inevitable when the major cultural figures such as Kean and Byron generated such intense public interest by refusing clearly to distinguish between their private and their public selves, between the performer and the role.

Keywords: Kean; Hazlitt; Byron; liber amoris; scandal; Queen Caroline; Hazlitt

Chapter.  9147 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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