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Byron Swims the Hellespont

On this date in 1810, Lord Byron imitates Leander by swimming the Hellespont. Byron completed this feat in an hour and 10 minutes. He celebrates (eventually) by recording his accomplishment in his poem Don Juan: A better swimmer you could … Continue reading

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Byron’s Bestseller Bows on This Date

Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair sells 10,000 copies on this, the date of its publication, in 1814. You can read it here: http://archive.org/stream/corsairtale00byrorich/corsairtale00byrorich_djvu.txt

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Thomas Love Peacock Was Born on This Date

Novelist Thomas Love Peacock was born on this date in 1785. He satirized his famous friends Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Nightmare Abbey. 

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Scaredy-Cat Shelley

On this date in 1816, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley becomes hysterical and shrieking, sprints out of the room after staying up all night telling ghost stories with his wife Mary and friend Lord Byron.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley Died on This Date

Less than a month before his 30th birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns on this date in 1822. His body is burned in a funeral pyre. However, his heart would not burn, and his wife, Mary Godwin Shelley, kept it as … Continue reading

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Byron Challenges His Friends to a Writing “Duel”

On this date in 1816, Lord Byron challenges his four house guests at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to each write a ghost story. Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary Godwin Shelley, her sister Claire Clairmont, and Byron’s doctor, … Continue reading

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“Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” Published on This Date

Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage published on this date in 1812. The poem caused a national sensation in England and established Byron as a public figure, causing him to claim, “I awoke one morning and found myself famous.”

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