1992 "First Printing" stated; Farrar Straus Giroux publishers, New York; softbound in very decorative boards; very good condition with unmarked pages, appears unread.
Based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton and his celebrated wife, Emma, and Lord Horatio Nelson, and peopled with many of the great figures of the day, The Volcano Lover is about revolution, the fate of nature, the condition of women, operatic emotions and stories from Don Giovanni to Tosca, art and the collector's obsessions, and, above all, love.
The Volcano Lover is an historical novel by Susan Sontag, published in 1992. Set largely in Naples, it focuses upon Emma Hamilton, her marriage to Sir William Hamilton, the scandal relating to her affair with Lord Nelson, her abandonment, and her descent into poverty. The title comes from William Hamilton's interest in volcanos, and his investigations of Mount Vesuvius.