AGM and Lecture
17th September 2021
Coming in from the Cold: Re-examining the relationship between Polidori and Byron by Suzanne and Andrew Edwards
5.30-8.00pm, at the Art Workers Guild, London
AGM at 5.30 pm
Lecture at 7.00 pm
Dinner from 8.00 pm
The AGM is for members only, but guests are welcome to join the talk. The event is free, but members and guests must register to reserve a place for the talk.
Following the AGM, Suzanne and Andrew Edwards will give a talk about Byron and Polidori.
‘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
AGM at 5.30
This event is free. But tickets need to be purchased to reserve your place.