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Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816

David Ellis


In 1816, following the scandalous collapse of his marriage, Lord Byron left England forever. His first destination was the villa Diodati by Lake Geneva where he stayed together with Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. This book focuses on the poet's life in the summer of that year, a famous time for meteorologists (for whom 1816 is the year without a summer), but also that crucial moment in the development of his writing when, urged on by Shelley, Byron tried to transform himself into a Romantic poet of the Wordsworthian variety. The book give ... More

Keywords: marriage, Villa Diodati, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Claire Clairmont, John Polidori, Romantic, Madame de Staël, Matthew Lewis, The Monk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846316432
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317163


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ellis, author