Coming in from the Cold: Re-examining the relationship between Polidori and Byron
Byron Society Talk, 17th September
6.30-8.00pm, at the Art Workers Guild, London
Tickets must be purchased.
‘Poor Polidori’ or ‘Polly Dolly’ are just two of the dismissive epithets bestowed on Dr John William Polidori, which reflect his marginalization in the retelling of events from the summer of 1816.
Biographers of Byron, somewhat understandably, paint a negative picture of the young Anglo-Italian, if they mention him at all, depicting a petulant and quick-tempered upstart with literary pretensions. In 2016 Andrew and Suzanne Edwards retraced Byron’s famous journey into exile, but with their focus on Polidori’s attitudes and experiences of the trip through his diary, letters and works. This talk will explore the poet’s journey via the incidents and events recorded by his physician, with the intention of sympathetically portraying Polidori as a three-dimensional human-being, warts and all, rather than a simple caricature.
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
Drinks at 6.30
There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.