The Volcano Lover

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The Volcano Lover
Author Susan Sontag
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication date
Pages 419 pp
ISBN 978-0-374-28516-6
OCLC 25874591

The Volcano Lover is a 1992 novel by Susan Sontag.[1][2] 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.


  1. ^ Banville, John (August 9, 1992). "By Lava Possessed". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Ransley, Lettie (12 February 2011). "The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag – review". The Observer.