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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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Byron in Geneva
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The so–called Shelley party reached Switzerland at roughly the same time as Lord Byron in 1816 and stayed at the Hôtel d'Angleterre in Geneva. The party included the young Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who married Shelley after the former Harriet Westbrook, the poet's abandoned first wife, committed suicide later in the year. Shelley and Mary were with their baby son William and her sister Claire Clairmont. Shelley's libertarian approach to sex, and the fact that he was travelling with two young women, raised questions about sleeping arrangements and whispers of incest. However, Byron insisted that there was no blood relation between Mary and Claire.

Keywords:   Shelley party, Lord Byron, Geneva, Switzerland, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Harriet Westbrook, Claire Clairmont

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