Caroline Lamb: Graham Hamilton (456 words)


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Graham Hamilton (1822) is Lady Caroline Lamb’s second novel. It consists of a dialogue between the title character and the physically repulsive and amoral Mr. M, who occasionally interrupts Graham with deflating remarks (1:26). Graham Hamilton is a male version of Lady Calantha from Lady Caroline’s first novel, Glenarvon (1816). Hamilton has “struggled against discipline, and rejected instruction, preferring ignorance and liberty to accomplishments, rewards, and praise. . . Not only did I not see things as they were--but I saw them as they were not”(1:20-21). Mr. Hamilton informs us simply, “I was spoiled” (1:33). As in Glenarvon, “disturbed characters see not things as they are,” and guileless, …

Citation: Douglass, Malcolm Paul. "Graham Hamilton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2004 [, accessed 19 January 2021.]

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