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Record 2049

Reading Experience:

Byron to Lady Melbourne, 21 September 1813, from Aston Hall, Rotherham (where staying with Sir James Wedderburn Webster): 'There is a delightful epitaph on Voltaire in Grimm - I read it coming down - the French I should probably misspell so take it only in bad English - "Here lies the spoilt child of the/a world which he spoiled"'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Sep 1813 and 21 Sep 1813
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: en route to Aston Hall, Rotherham
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:George Gordon, Lord Byron
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Jan 1788
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Agnostic
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: Grimm
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2049  
Source - Print  
  Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
  Editor: Leslie A. Marchand
  Title: Byron's Letters and Journals
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1973
  Vol: 3
  Page: 117-18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: George Gordon Lord Byron, Leslie A. Marchand (ed.), Byron's Letters and Journals (London, 1973), 3, p. 117-18,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

In n.4 (p.118) Marchand suggests: "Byron might have been reading the lengthy review of Baron De Grimm's Correspondance Litteraire, Philosophique et Critique which was the leading article in the Edinburgh Review for July 1813. This epitaph [...] to a lady of Lausanne, is quoted from Grimm on page 274 of the Edinburgh ... "



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