Chapter: English Literature During The Romantic Period
In 1816, Byron took up residence with other authors in fancy pants country neighborhood, among them Percy Bysshe Shelley and his future wife, Mary. Fun Fact: Mary Shelley was way cooler than either of those men. That probably shouldn't surprise you.
The group would frequently gather in Byron's house and tell ghost stories around the fire. They were, in general, holed up inside because 1816 was a year legendary for the darkness outside. Said darkness was apparently the result of a massive volcano eruption that made the weather patterns in Europe downright apocalyptic. Byron did indeed write a poem about said weather, simply titled "Darkness."
That same year, inspired by the torrential thunderstorms, a 19-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (soon to be Shelley) wrote "Frankenstein."
Sorry, Byron. You tried.
Author: Lord Byron •
Year: 1788 to 1824 •
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