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 # FLT9781846316432

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