Author/critic Daisy Hay writes “Markus is a skilled and sure-footed storyteller who sketches in the complications of Byron’s biography with speed and assurance, letting the details of Annabella’s lesser-known afterlife as a philanthropist and single parent take center stage. … not all readers will agree with the occasionally unnuanced assessments of Byron and Annabella. Beyond doubt, however, is the importance of a book that celebrates ‘a worthy but complex woman who led a big life that is still unsung.’ Long may such singing as this continue.”
Dr. Markus is currently at Oxford University to present a paper at the international Ada Lovelace Symposium on December 10. This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, the 19th century female science and technology pioneer who was the daughter of Lord and Lady Byron.
Dr. Markus is a member of the core faculty of Hofstra’s MFA in Creative Writing program.