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Record 16898

Reading Experience:

'Except the occupation of one or two annoyances, I have done nothing but read since I got Lord Byron's life - I have no pretensions to being a critic - yet I know infinitely well what pleases me - Not to mention the judicious arrangement and happy tact displayed by Mr Moore, which distinguish this book - I must say a word concerning the style, which is elegant and forcible. I was particularly struck by the observations on Lord Byron's character before his departure to Greece - and on his return - there is strength and richness as well as sweetness The great charm of the work to me, and it will have the same for you, is that the Lord Byron I find there is our Lord Byron - the fascinating - faulty - childish - philosophical being - daring the world - docile to a private circle - impetuous and indolent - gloomy and yet more gay than any other - I live with him again in these pages - getting reconciled (as I used in his lifetime) to those waywardnesses which annoyed me when he was away, through the delightful and buoyant tone of his conversation and manners - [...] There is something cruelly kind in this single volume When will the next come? - impatient before how tenfold now am I so. Among its many other virtues this book is [underlined] accurate [end underlining] to a miracle I have not stumbled on one mistake with regard either to time place or feeling' [letter to John Murray]
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 18 Jan 1830 and 19 Jan 1830
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 33 Somerset St
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Mary Shelley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 30 Aug 1797
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Moore
Title: Life of Lord Byron
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16898  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Betty T. Bennett
  Title: The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  Place of Publication: Baltimore / London
  Date of Publication: 1983
  Vol: II
  Page: 101
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Betty T. Bennett (ed.), The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Baltimore / London, 1983), II, p. 101,, accessed: 31 January 2023

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