By Ernest J. Lovell
Here is the 1st biography of Thomas Medwin—literary adventurer, rascal, student, self assurance guy, winning fortune hunter, and bemused speculator on a grand scale in previous 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 by myself 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, ignored Boswell of the 19th century, Medwin stated the conversations of Byron, Shelley, Trelawny, Hazlitt, Canova the sculptor, and others. His lifestyles and adventures illuminate little-known elements 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 back to chortle and sneer on the residing from the Captain's pages. The Conversations of Lord Byron therefore grew to become the main debatable publication of the day, dealing with a dozen variations, in six nations, and being translated into French, German, and Italian. It aroused the wrath, indignation, or enthusiastic curiosity of such contributors 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 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 good heights of his youth), used to be a power of the 1st value in opting for the early public photograph of Byron and the acceptance of Shelley.
This frequently fun tale, as engrossing as a singular, is drawn from all of the to be had money owed, together with many vital resources by no means prior to released. In impact a brand new contribution to the biographical research 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.
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Captain Medwin: Friend of Byron and Shelley by Ernest J. Lovell