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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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Lord Byron and the Shelley party were not contented at the Hôtel d'Angleterre, not least because it was expensive and housed many inquisitive compatriots. They soon found places to live in Cologny, not far from each other. Byron chose a particularly beautiful house known as the villa Diodati and moved in there four days after signing an agreement to rent the property on June 6, 1816. Ten days before he transferred to Diodati, the Shelley party had, with the help of John Polidori, found a house almost directly down the hillside from the villa and much closer to the lake. Whereas his relations with Claire Clairmont had deteriorated, Byron's friendship with Percy Bysshe Shelley only got better. Shelley was able to temporarily transform Byron into a Wordsworthian worshipper of nature, as seen in the latter's poem entitled Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, Shelley party, Hôtel d'Angleterre, Cologny, Diodati, John Polidori, Claire Clairmont, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, nature

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