Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816

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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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David Ellis is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kent. His other books include Memoirs of a Leavisite: The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English (LUP, 2013), Death and the author: how D. H. Lawrence died, and was remembered (OUP, 2008) and Literary Lives: Biography and the search for understanding (EUP, 2003).

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David Ellis is professor emeritus of English at the University of Kent.

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Book Description Liverpool University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 232 x 154 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 together 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 gives a vivid impression of what Byron thought and felt in these few months after the breakdown of his marriage, but also explores the different aspects of his nature that emerge in contact with a remarkable cast of supporting characters, which also included Madame de Stael, 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781846316432

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Book Description Liverpool University Press. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816, David Ellis, 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 together 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 gives a vivid impression of what Byron thought and felt in these few months after the breakdown of his marriage, but also explores the different aspects of his nature that emerge in contact with a remarkable cast of supporting characters, which also included Madame de Stael, 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. Bookseller Inventory # B9781846316432

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Book Description Liverpool University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 232 x 154 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 together 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 gives a vivid impression of what Byron thought and felt in these few months after the breakdown of his marriage, but also explores the different aspects of his nature that emerge in contact with a remarkable cast of supporting characters, which also included Madame de Stael, 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781846316432

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Book Description Liverpool University Press, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: On 27 May 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley met on the shores of Lake Geneva. Byron was accompanied by his doctor, John Polidori, and Shelley by his mistress, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont. The two groups met by Claire''s design: she and Byron had briefly been lovers, and it was at her instigation that Shelley and Mary had decided to journey to Switzerland. In persuading Shelley and Mary that they should visit Geneva, Claire unwittingly set the stage for one of the most famous summers in literary history. Byron and Shelley became friends; the whole group embraced the joys of boating; Mary started work on Frankenstein. The events that followed the first meeting by the lake have been the subject of countless books, plays and films, and now provide the focus for David Ellis''s new study of Byron. Ellis acknowledges in his subtitle - That Summer of 1816 - that he is on well-trodden ground. His subject is not just any old summer, but one so famous that we already know all about it. So why devote another book to its central characters and events? Ellis''s answer is that renewed attention to the summer of 1816 allows us to see Byron afresh, untrammelled by the ideological perspectives of his most recent biographers. Byron in Geneva is biography as synecdoche: by focusing on the particular Ellis aims to illuminate the whole, and to ''convey the truest possible impression of what kind of person Byron was''. This is a tricky task for any biographer, but especially for one with a subject as contradictory and complicated as Byron. By synthesising multiple perspectives, however, and by giving himself space to explore some of the summer''s bit-part players in more detail, Ellis certainly succeeds in adding colour and detail to a well-known story. Byron in Geneva serves as a useful reminder that Shelley and his party were not Byron''s only acquaintances in Switzerland, even if they have dominated most previous accounts of the months he spent there. Having left England to escape the bitter aftermath of separation from his wife Annabella and the scandal swirling around rumours of an affair with his half-sister Augusta, Byron was in need of sympathetic auditors. Even as he reworked his travels into an account of magnificent isolation in the third canto of Childe Harold''s Pilgrimage, he gathered old friends around him, and found new ones in the literary coteries of Geneva and its environs. His most important new acquaintance was Germaine de Stal, who had been exiled to her chateau at Coppet in 1812 after Napoleon grew tired of her vocal politicking. De Stal hosted a brilliant salon and was determined to draw Byron out of himself by introducing him to her circle. She also did her best to effect a reconciliation between Byron and his wife, but her efforts were thwarted by a combination of Byron''s reluctance, Annabella''s resistance and interference from another visitor from England, Henry Brougham. Brougham and Byron should have got on well, since they were both Whigs and moved in similar circles, but Brougham''s mistress was related to Lady Caroline Lamb, who by 1816 was chiefly concerned to blacken Byron''s reputation. He also resented being referred to as ''blundering Brougham'' in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. When Byron heard that Brougham had written to Annabella from Coppet to warn her of his desire for reconciliation, he attempted to challenge him to a duel. Brougham, however, refused to be drawn into a fight with Byron, perhaps because he was disinclined to meet a man who practised pistol shooting every day. More congenial company at the Villa Diodati (the magnificent house overlooking the lake which Byron rented for the summer) was provided by a trio of old friends: John Cam Hobhouse, Scrope Davies and Matthew ''Monk'' Lewis. Hobhouse and Davies had been at Cambridge with Byron, while he and Lewis knew each other from L. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_184631643X

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