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Claire Clairmont

Clara Mary Jane Clairmont, commonly known as "Claire," step-sister of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and member of the Shelley circle. A writer of significant journals and letters, she spent many years as a governess, and was the mother of Allegra by George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron.



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