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Byron in GenevaThat Summer of 1816$
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David Ellis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316432

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317163

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Old Friends

Old Friends

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(p.111) 14 Old Friends
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Byron in Geneva
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317163.016

Coppet's tripartite division could accommodate members of Madame de Staël's immediate family, the visiting English, the local intellectuals of a liberal cast, and some princes, dukes, and titled dignitaries from continental Europe. Part of de Staël's small family group was Jean Rocca, who was rumoured to be her lover despite being much younger than her. In truth, Rocca and de Staël had been secretly married in 1811. Born in 1766 and widowed in 1802, de Staël was known for falling for handsome young men who could match her intellectually. One such man was Benjamin Constant, who wrote a novel entitled Adolphe to describe his early experience of trying to break up with de Staël. Whereas Adolphe is a modified roman à clef, another novel, Glenarvon, is a glaring example of the genre and one which cannot be considered a masterpiece. Glenarvon was Caroline Lamb's fictionalised account of her affair with Lord Byron.

Keywords:   Coppet, Madame de Staël, Lord Byron, Adolphe, roman à clef, Glenarvon, Caroline Lamb, Benjamin Constant, Jean Rocca

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