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Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author

Edward John Trelawny


PUBLISHED: 31st May 2000
ISBN: 9780940322363
ANNOTATION:
In 1822, after having been discharged from the British navy, deserted by his wife, and as good as disowned by his father, the thirty-two year old Edward John Trelawny set off for Italy to make the acquaintance of his hero, Lord Byron. "I have met today the personification of my Corsair," Byron wrote in a letter. "He sleeps with the poem under his pillow, and all his past adventures and present manners aim at this personification." But though Byron enjoyed the company of his admirer, and was eventually to embark with him on his ill-fated final expedition to aid in the War of Greek Independence, he had grown guarded and ironical with age, and the perfect meeting of minds that Trelawny had envisioned was not to be. Shelley, however, enchanted him. In the months before his death at sea, he and Trelawny were frequent companions, and the young poet emerges from these pages in all his splendid carelessness and otherworldly concentration.
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PUBLISHED: 31st May 2000
ISBN: 9780940322363
ANNOTATION:
In 1822, after having been discharged from the British navy, deserted by his wife, and as good as disowned by his father, the thirty-two year old Edward John Trelawny set off for Italy to make the acquaintance of his hero, Lord Byron. "I have met today the personification of my Corsair," Byron wrote in a letter. "He sleeps with the poem under his pillow, and all his past adventures and present manners aim at this personification." But though Byron enjoyed the company of his admirer, and was eventually to embark with him on his ill-fated final expedition to aid in the War of Greek Independence, he had grown guarded and ironical with age, and the perfect meeting of minds that Trelawny had envisioned was not to be. Shelley, however, enchanted him. In the months before his death at sea, he and Trelawny were frequent companions, and the young poet emerges from these pages in all his splendid carelessness and otherworldly concentration.

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In 1822, after having been discharged from the British navy, deserted by his wife, and as good as disowned by his father, the thirty-two year old Edward John Trelawny set off for Italy to make the acquaintance of his hero, Lord Byron. "I have met today the personification of my Corsair," Byron wrote in a letter. "He sleeps with the poem under his pillow, and all his past adventures and present manners aim at this personification." But though Byron enjoyed the company of his admirer, and was eventually to embark with him on his ill-fated final expedition to aid in the War of Greek Independence, he had grown guarded and ironical with age, and the perfect meeting of minds that Trelawny had envisioned was not to be. Shelley, however, enchanted him. In the months before his death at sea, he and Trelawny were frequent companions, and the young poet emerges from these pages in all his splendid carelessness and otherworldly concentration.

Publisher Description

In 1822, Edward Trelawny, a handsome and impulsive young man, recently discharged from the British navy, travelled to Italy in order to make the acquaintance of Lord Byron. 'I have met today the personification of my Corsair,' Byron wrote in a letter, 'He sleeps with the poem under his pillow, and all his past adventures and present manners aim at this personification.' But Byron soon tired of his importunate disciple, who found closer companionship with the fervent and unworldly Shelley. In these vivid memoirs, composed many years later, Trelawny tells of his life among the unconventional circle of expatriates that had gathered around Shelley in Pisa, of the poet's tragic death, and finally of his and Byron's engagement in the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Author Biography

Edward John Trelawny was born in London in 1792 and entered the Royal Navy at the age of eleven only to desert and lead a life of adventure, as recorded in his partly fictitious Adventures of a Younger Son. In 1822 he met Shelley and Byron in Pisa. After Shelley's death he supervised the cremation of his body and helped to raise enough money to allow Mary Shelley to return to England. In 1823 he went to Greece with Byron to assist in the struggle for Greek independence.

Review

"In 'his' Byron and Shelley [Trelawny] created two figures that in their compelling solidity are fit to stand alongside any literary memoir short of Boswell's Johnson." --David Crane, Lord Byron's Jackal

"Your portrait of Shelley is full of truth--it is him in all his unaffectedness, in his simple tastes so fond of woods, seas, lakes, mountains; of birds and of music. There was in his manner of speaking, a touch of the woman, even of the girl...that appears most vividly in your description." --Claire Clairmont, Letter to Trelawny

Review Quote

"In 'his' Byron and Shelley [Trelawny] created two figures that in their compelling solidity are fit to stand alongside any literary memoir short of Boswell's Johnson ." --David Crane, Lord Byron's Jackal "Your portrait of Shelley is full of truth--it is him in all his unaffectedness, in his simple tastes so fond of woods, seas, lakes, mountains; of birds and of music. There was in his manner of speaking, a touch of the woman, even of the girl...that appears most vividly in your description." --Claire Clairmont, Letter to Trelawny

Product Details

Short Title
RECORDS OF SHELLEY BYRON & THE
Pages
308
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Series
New York Review Books Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0940322366
ISBN-13
9780940322363
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2000
Publication Date
2000-05-31
Country of Publication
United States
Author
Edward John Trelawny
Edition
Main
Audience
General/Trade