By Ernest J. Lovell
Here is the 1st biography of Thomas Medwin—literary adventurer, rascal, pupil, self assurance guy, profitable fortune hunter, and bemused speculator on a grand scale in outdated Italian oil work. Poet, novelist, translator of Aeschylus, cousin and boyhood buddy of the poet Shelley, he was once a guy of fiery mood, fierce hatreds, and enduring loves.
Although an intimate good friend of Lord Byron, he used to be so harmful (or disreputable) that his Lordship warned Teresa Guiccioli, his final mistress, to not be on my own in Medwin's corporation. Later, Medwin brought Byron's daughter to her destiny husband, Lord Lovelace, and so decided the poet's line of descent.
Friend of Washington Irving, gentleman of the old-fashioned, missed Boswell of the 19th century, Medwin pronounced the conversations of Byron, Shelley, Trelawny, Hazlitt, Canova the sculptor, and others. His existence and adventures remove darkness from little-known features of the nineteenth-century literary, army, social, and publishing world—in England, India, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany.
Medwin served as midwife to the phrases of a lifeless man—Lord Byron—who again to snicker and sneer on the dwelling from the Captain's pages. The Conversations of Lord Byron hence grew to become the main arguable e-book of the day, dealing with a dozen versions, in six nations, and being translated into French, German, and Italian. It aroused the wrath, indignation, or enthusiastic curiosity of such members as Goethe, girl Byron, woman Caroline Lamb, the Countess Teresa Guiccioli, John Cam Hobhouse (later Lord Broughton), Sir Walter Scott, John Murray, and Washington Irving. Medwin, whose lengthy and adventurous existence prolonged from the increase and flowering of the Romantic interval to the mid-Victorian Age (which he considered as a dreary decline from the good heights of his youth), used to be a power of the 1st significance in picking out the early public snapshot of Byron and the popularity of Shelley.
This usually fun tale, as engrossing as a singular, is drawn from the entire to be had money owed, together with many very important resources by no means earlier than released. In impact a brand new contribution to the biographical examine of Byron and Shelley, it clarifies Medwin's kinfolk not just with those poets but additionally with many different very important and fascinating figures of the day.
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