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3. Letter from Byron to John Cam Hobhouse, 27 February 1808

NLS Ms.43438, letter 3, page 3

Byron was devastated by a scathing review of his Hours of Idleness (1807) in the Whig-orientated Edinburgh Review in 1808. He discussed this, and his leaving the Cambridge Whig Club, with his friend and fellow undergraduate John Cam Hobhouse.

As an author, I am cut to atoms by the E– Review, it is just out, and has completely demolished my little fabric of fame, this is rather scurvy treatment from a Whig Review, but politics and poetry are different things, & I am no adept in either, I therefore submit in Silence. –

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