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Lord Byron fan mail

It has come to light that Lord Byron was one of the first celebrities to have recieved fan mail, from anonymous and amorous women no less.

The unpublished letters show the ardour of Byron’s fans, who often laced their notes with daring sexual undertones and breathless fantasies. Contrary to the popular opinion of Byron as an aloof and reclusive poet who did not invite public adoration, the letters suggest that he relished being adored and wrote suggestive poetry that “flirted” with his readers, inviting them to respond in kind.

The letters, dated between 1812 and 1814, were studied for the first time by Corin Throsby, an academic at Oxford University.

Posted by on August 14, 2008.

Categories: antiquarian, poetry

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  1. Did anyone hear about Obama capping pay at $500K for CEO’s of bailed out companies? They act like that’s not a lot of money..

    by USB Turntable on Feb 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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