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Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816

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On 27 May 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley met on the shores of Lake Geneva. Byron was accompanied by his doctor, John Polidori, and Shelley by his mistress, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont. The two groups met by Claire’s design: she and Byron had briefly been lovers, and it was at her instigation that Shelley and Mary had decided to journey to Switzerland. 

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