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Record 8649

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'At a moment of such deep agony & I may add shame--when utterly disgraced judge Byron what my feelings must be at Murrays shewing me some beautiful verses of yours--I do implore you for God sake not to publish these could I have seen you one moment I would explain why--I have only time to add that however those who surround you may make you disbelieve it you will draw ruin on your own head and hers [Augusta Leigh's] if at this moment you shew these lines'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Apr 1816 and 30 Apr 1816
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
   
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:Lady Caroline Lamb
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1785
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: socialite, novelist, influential member of the Whig political elite
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: Stanzas to Augusta
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
probably proofs in the possession of John Murray

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 8649  
Source - Print  
  Author: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)
  Editor: Paul Douglass
  Title: The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 148-49
  Additional comments: Letter to Lord Byron. Douglass dates it April 1816.

Citation: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), Paul Douglass (ed.), The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb (New York, 2006), n/a, p. 148-49, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=8649, accessed: 25 July 2024

Additional comments:

Douglass believes strongly that the lines are Byron's 'Stanzas to Augusta' which, despite Lady Caroline's warnings, were published in April 1816.

 

 

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