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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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The Problem of Claire and the First of the Visitors

The Problem of Claire and the First of the Visitors

(p.95) 12 The Problem of Claire and the First of the Visitors
Byron in Geneva
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After their boat nearly capsized as they were heading for the port of St Gingolph, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley were relieved to find that the weather was much calmer the following day. They were heading for Villeneuve, at the head of the lake, before returning to Swiss territory. Looking more or less directly down the lake towards Geneva at its far western end, Shelley described Villeneuve as ‘an old wretched town’. Not far was the château de Chillon with its magnificent towers and imposing battlements. The two poets sailed on from Chillon and landed at Clarens. At the boarding house where he and Byron stayed, Shelley discovered that Jean–Jacques Rousseau's characters in his novel Julie were as real to its landlady as they were to him. They then proceeded to the port of Ouchy as the weather began to deteriorate again.

Keywords:   St Gingolph, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Geneva, Villeneuve, Chillon, Clarens, Ouchy, Julie, Jean–Jacques Rousseau

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