Author(s): Penelope Hughes-Hallett
A dinner party hosted in 1817 by history painter Benjamin Haydon includes renowned guests, the budding poet John Keats, Wordsworth, and the essayist and wit Charles Lamb. There are high-minded discussions and laughter amidst a backdrop of change, reflected in the preoccupations of the diners.
'The biographical equivalent of a world in a grain of sand... [an] erudite account of a wonderful evening' - Peter Ackroyd
Penelope Hughes-Hallett was brought up in Jane Austen's Steventon. She has written on Jane Austen's letters, Wordsworth and Coleridge in the Lakes and has also edited an anthology of childhood. She lives on the Gloucestershire border.