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Bentham, Byron, and GreeceConstitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought$
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F. Rosen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.001.0001

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‘The Last Days of Lord Byron’

‘The Last Days of Lord Byron’

(p.185) 10 ‘The Last Days of Lord Byron’
Bentham, Byron, and Greece

F. Rosen

Oxford University Press

The myth of Leicester Stanhope, the Benthamite soldier, and Lord Byron, the romantic poet, forming two opposing poles of doctrine and attitude in Greece was based in part on Stanhope's Greece, in 1823 and 1824. However, the work which developed the thesis of Stanhope versus Lord Byron was actually written as a reply to Stanhope. Of the numerous books, articles, and poems published after the death of Lord Byron, William Parry's The Last Days of Lord Byron, published in 1825, was the only one to concentrate almost wholly on the supposed opposition between Stanhope and Byron. It also linked Stanhope and Jeremy Bentham by incorporating a notorious chapter which lampooned Bentham's life-style. In the 1820s, Bentham's reputation was at its peak, and he was perhaps the most highly regarded English philosopher and jurist of his day. He had a growing reputation as an advocate of radical reform which included the advocacy of representative democracy based on universal suffrage.

Keywords:   Leicester Stanhope, Lord Byron, Greece, The Last Days of Lord Byron, Jeremy Bentham, democracy, universal suffrage, reform

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