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Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816
by David Ellis
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In 1816, following the scandalous collapse of his marriage, Lord Byron left England forever. His first destination was the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva, where he stayed with Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Godwin, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. Byron in Geneva focuses sharply on the poet’s life in the summer of that year, a famous time for meteorologists—for whom 1816 is the year without a summer—but also that crucial moment in the development of his writing when, urged on by Shelley, Byron tried to transform himself into a Romantic poet of the Wordsworthian variety.
The book not only gives a vivid impression of what Byron thought and felt in these few months after the breakdown of his marriage, but it also explores the different aspects of his nature that emerge in contact with a remarkable cast of supporting characters, including Madame de Staël—who presided over a famous salon in Coppet, across the lake from Geneva—and Matthew Lewis, author of the splendidly erotic gothic best-seller, The Monk. David Ellis sets out to challenge recent damning studies of Byron and, through his meticulous exploration of the private and public life of the poet at this pivotal moment, he reasserts the value of Byron’s wit, warm-heartedness, and hatred of cant.
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