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William Wordsworth

By Professor Stephen Gill Towards  the end of the nineteenth century a group of devotees decided to save the cottage in Grasmere that had once been the home of  William Wordsworth. Why did they do it?  Who was this man they were honouring forty years after his death and why  was  it important to preserve […]

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Claire Clairmont: On her letters and journals

By Lesley McDowell “I have just got your amusing letter (no one writes such good letters as you do)…I have not the art of letter writing – You have it to an eminent degree.” Mary Shelley was not attempting to ingratiate herself with her step-sister, Claire Clairmont, when she wrote these words to her towards […]

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‘What Exile from himself can flee?’: Byron and the price of exile

by Andrew McConnell Stott. For one who identified so strongly with the bitterness and imagery of exile – of being marked out, cast out, and left to wander – Lord Byron did not flinch when it came to sending people away. Take Frank Boyce, a servant he had taken up to Cambridge in 1806, only […]

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Percy Bysshe Shelley and revolutionary Ireland

By Sinéad Fitzgibbon. Ireland at the turn of the 19th century was a country in a state of flux.  Tensions between the oppressed Catholic majority and the wealthy Anglo-Irish ruling class, known as the Protestant Ascendancy, had reached an all-time high.  This was due in large part to the continuing existence of some onerous and […]

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