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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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Poets and Travellers

Poets and Travellers

(p.180) 17 Poets and Travellers
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

Before Lord Byron went on to explore the Mediterranean, he was still young and had yet to be recognized as an artist. This was the time when he wrote English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. This manuscript was rejected by some of the regular publishers in London. After that, Byron contacted a fringe publisher whose name was James Cawthorn. The result was that the first edition was published anonymously while the next three editions acknowledged him as an author. When Byron returned home, he ordered that a fifth edition be printed and the poem be suppressed since it would be unfair to his fellow authors. This was the start of the time of illegal reproduction. Byron was somehow able to cause damage to Elgin because of the way that he had addressed Elgin earlier. This chapter shows Byron as the epitome of what was referred to as the milodros or travelling gentleman.

Keywords:   publication, Lord Byron, milodros, travelling gentleman, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers

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