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Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author

May 23, 2011

Carl Trueman on Edward Trelawny’s Records of Shelley, Byron and the Author:

The book is a great read: once one has recovered from the disappointment of not actually being Lord Byron, then reading a first-hand account of his antics by one of his traveling companions is surely the next best thing.

The book is a strange but entertaining document, full of exciting anecdotes.  Yet in the end it tells the reader more about Trelawny than it does about Shelley and Byron.  That is another danger with writing about friends, particularly famous friends: such books can easily turn into exaggerated and even semi-fictional accounts that are designed merely to show how intimate the author was with the great and the good.

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