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John Polidori


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Byron to John Murray, 22 July 1816, on advertisement falsely ascribing authorship of various poems to him: 'I enclose you an advertisement -- which was copied by Dr. P[olidori] -- & which appears to be about the most impudent imposition that ever issued from Grub Street.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Polidori      Print: Advertisement


George Gordon Lord Byron : The Prisoner of Chillon

Dr John Polidori, Byron's secretary, to John Murray, 10 July 1816: 'Since it has given you hopes of entering well into the literary world next winter, that "Childe Harold" has got another canto [...] you will be more pleased to hear of another poem of 400 lines called "The Castle of Chillon" [sic]; the feelings of a third of three brothers in prison on the banks of the Geneva Lake. I think it very beautiful, containing more of his tender than his sombre poetry.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Polidori      Manuscript: Unknown


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