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Date published/released: 

1981

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Dramatists Play Service

"Childe Byron is a play by Romulus Linney about the strained relationship between the poet, Lord Byron, and his daughter, Ada Lovelace. Of Linney's more than sixty plays, Childe Byron is one he identified as holding a "deeply personal" connection. In his own words, he approached it through 'the pain of a divorced father who can't reach his own daughter.' In his narrative poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Byron wrote of the female infant he left behind when he went into exile: 'I see thee not. I hear thee not. But none can be so rapt in thee.' When Linney re-read these words in preparation for the play, he recalled 'My daughter Laura, the actress... her mother and I were separated and divorced when she was a baby, so these lines just laid me out.'" -Wikipedia