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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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First Meetings

First Meetings

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Byron in Geneva
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After the Shelley party had returned to England, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley continued to correspond with each other. Claire Clairmont also attempted to communicate with Byron, but the latter did not reply to any of her heart–rending letters. Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin took her to Bath where she gave birth on January 12, 1817 and initially called her baby Alba, in allusion to Byron's nickname. At his request this was later changed to Allegra, whom Claire hoped would alter Byron's attitude to her, to no avail. Claire agreed to give up Allegra to Byron so she could be brought up as the daughter of a lord in Italy. In March 1821, perhaps upon Teresa Guiccioli's advice, Byron placed Allegra in a convent school a dozen miles from Ravenna. Allegra Byron would die of a fever at the age of five under Byron's custody.

Keywords:   England, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Claire Clairmont, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Teresa Guiccioli, Italy, Allegra Byron

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