Claire Clairmont

(1798—1879) a member of the Shelley–Byron circle

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daughter of Mary Clairmont, who became William Godwin's second wife. She accompanied Mary Godwin on her elopement with Shelley, and in spite of pursuit remained with them on the Continent. She returned to London with the Shelleys in 1816, fell in love with Byron, and when he went to Switzerland induced the Shelleys to follow him with her. Byron's daughter Allegra was born to her in 1817. In 1818 Claire surrendered the child to Byron who, in 1821, placed Allegra in a convent near Ravenna, where she died of a fever in 1822.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) — Literature.

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