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Foyster, Elizabeth.

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Jane Austen and Lord Byron both mention the mentally ill 3rd earl of Portsmouth as an acceptable gentleman of their acquaintance. Little did they know what was happening behind the scenes. As the heir, he was a target for manipulation and abuse by interested parties. At the same time, he was able to act out in ways that harmed others. When the family finally set out to have him declared insane in 1823, society couldn't get enough of the controversy. Oneworld Publications, London. 2016. Paper. NEW. $9.00