By Ernest J. Lovell
Here is the 1st biography of Thomas Medwin—literary adventurer, rascal, student, self belief guy, profitable fortune hunter, and bemused speculator on a grand scale in outdated Italian oil work. Poet, novelist, translator of Aeschylus, cousin and boyhood good friend of the poet Shelley, he was once a guy of fiery mood, fierce hatreds, and enduring loves.
Although an intimate pal 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 made up our minds the poet's line of descent.
Friend of Washington Irving, gentleman of the old-fashioned, missed Boswell of the 19th century, Medwin mentioned the conversations of Byron, Shelley, Trelawny, Hazlitt, Canova the sculptor, and others. His existence and adventures illuminate little-known facets 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 snort and sneer on the residing from the Captain's pages. The Conversations of Lord Byron hence turned the main arguable ebook of the day, dealing with a dozen versions, in six international locations, and being translated into French, German, and Italian. It aroused the wrath, indignation, or enthusiastic curiosity of such contributors as Goethe, woman Byron, girl 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 lifestyles prolonged from the increase and flowering of the Romantic interval to the mid-Victorian Age (which he considered as a dreary decline from the nice heights of his youth), used to be a power of the 1st value in selecting the early public picture of Byron and the popularity of Shelley.
This usually fun tale, as engrossing as a unique, is drawn from all of the to be had bills, together with many very important resources by no means ahead of released. In influence a brand new contribution to the biographical learn of Byron and Shelley, it clarifies Medwin's kin not just with those poets but in addition with many different very important and engaging figures of the day.
Read or Download Captain Medwin: Friend of Byron and Shelley PDF
Best biographies & memoirs of authors books
Benjamin Franklin wrote his posthumously released memoirï¿½a version of the genreï¿½in a number of items and in several temporal and actual areas. Douglas Andersonï¿½s learn of this paintings finds the famed inventor as a literary adept whose method of autobiographical narrative used to be as leading edge and radical because the innovations and political proposal for which he's well known.
Zelda Fitzgerald, with her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, is remembered especially else as a personification of the fashion and glamour of the roaring twenties - an age of carefree affluence akin to the realm has no longer visible given that. yet besides the wealth and events got here a afflicted brain, at a time whilst a lady exploiting her freedom of expression used to be more likely to allure accusations of madness.
Some of the most attention-grabbing and arguable novels of the 20 th century, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is well known for its leading edge sort and infamous for its subject material and impression on pop culture. The e-book courses readers in the course of the intricacies of Nabokov’s paintings and is helping them in achieving a greater knowing of his wealthy creative layout.
Lessing schrieb an gegen jegliche paintings von Unterdrückung und Dogmatismus, warb unablässig für Vernunft und Toleranz. Auch wenn er an den Verhältnissen zu zerbrechen drohte, "sich selbst zu leben" galt ihm stets mehr als finanzieller Wohlstand. All dem genauer auf den Grund zu gehen, bietet dieses Buch die Gelegenheit.
- Come le vene vivono del sangue: Vita imperdonabile di Antonia Pozzi (Italian Edition)
- Wenn es einen noch gibt: Ein Familienporträt (German Edition)
- Bernanos, littérature et théologie (French Edition)
- Mit Proust durch Paris: Literarische Spaziergänge (Reclam Taschenbuch) (German Edition)
- Rilke, A Soul History: In the Image of Orpheus
Extra info for Captain Medwin: Friend of Byron and Shelley
Captain Medwin: Friend of Byron and Shelley by Ernest J. Lovell