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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

The Shelley Party

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Byron in Geneva
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Some members of the group who were with Lord Byron during his stay in Switzerland did not fare well on their own. Matthew Lewis, for example, spent a year in Europe after leaving Diodati, visiting the cities of Rome, Florence, and Naples in Italy. He returned to England in October 1816 and sailed again for Jamaica the following month. He died of yellow fever on board a ship in mid–ocean at the age of forty–two. Meanwhile, Madame de Staël moved from Coppet to Paris in October 1816 but quickly became bed–ridden and died on July 14, 1817 at the age of fifty–one. Byron made references to de Staël in the verses he wrote for his publisher, but their main topic was actually John Polidori, who went to Milan in September 1816, weary and depressed. When he recovered, Polidori reestablished his good ties to Byron and John Cam Hobhouse. On August 24, 1821, Polidori was found in a desperate state in his room and died very shortly afterwards. He apparently committed suicide by swallowing prussic acid.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, Switzerland, Matthew Lewis, Madame de Staël, John Polidori, John Cam Hobhouse, Paris, Milan, Jamaica, Italy

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