Letter from Lord Byron to John Murray, 4 November 1820

Description

In this letter to John Murray Lord Byron aims some very dismissive criticism at John Keats. He rather deliberately mistakes Keats’s name, calling him ‘Keats or Ketch, or whatever his names are’, describing his work as ‘onanism’ (a term for masturbation) and Keats as a ‘miserable self-polluter of the human mind’.

Full title:
Letter from Lord Byron to John Murray
Created:
4 November 1820, Ravenna, Italy
Format:
Manuscript / Letter / Ephemera
Creator:
Lord Byron
Copyright:
© GG Byron
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Ashley MS 5160

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