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Record 27401

Reading Experience:

Gally Knight to John Murray, 17 February 1831: 'I have seen the second volume of Moore's "Life of Byron," and though it can be matter of surprise to no one to find himself the object of the spleen of the noble author, yet I confess I [italics]am surprised[end italics] at seeing myself so gratuitously offered up as a victim to the public [comments further] [...] The second volume appears to me to be neither more nor less than "Don Juan" in prose, and I cannot say how much I regret to see Lord Byron's amours so openly paraded before the public. It is an indecorous exhibition, and but too likely to do harm, for young men will admire [italics]the whole[end italics] of the life, because it belonged to genius; and will imitate the only part of it with which metal superiority had nothing to do.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1831 and 17 Feb 1831
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Gally Knight
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Moore
Title: Life of Byron
Genre: Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by John Murray, January 1831
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27401  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 2
  Page: 323
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 2, p. 323,, accessed: 25 May 2024

Additional comments:

Source author notes, 'In the second volume of the Life [of Byron], references were made to Mr. Gally Knight's "Poems," and "Persian Tales." Mr. Knight was dissatisfied with the allusions to his works' (p.323).



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