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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 Shelley Party and Allegra

The Shelley Party and Allegra

(p.146) 2 The Shelley Party and Allegra
Byron in Geneva
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On August 26, 1816, two of Lord Byron's close friends, John Cam Hobhouse and Scrope Berdmore Davies, arrived at the villa Diodati. The two men came just in time to meet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was set to leave for England three days later. Byron, Hobhouse, and Scrope Davies developed their warm friendship during their days at Cambridge. While in Switzerland, Shelley wrote four works, ‘The Hymn to Intellectual Beauty’, and ‘Mont Blanc’, along with two sonnets. One of the sonnets, entitled ‘To Laughter’, likely represents a private response to Byron's fondness for ridicule and mockery.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, John Cam Hobhouse, Scrope Berdmore Davies, Percy Bysshe Shelley, friendship, Cambridge, Switzerland, sonnets, ridicule, mockery

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