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"Manfred" by Lord Byron
 Byron undertook “Manfred,” his most Gothic work, in late 1816, a few months after the famed ghost-story sessions which provided the initial impetus for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and John Polidori’s The Vampyre, which some argue is based on Byron’s fragment of a novel, his brief response to the challenge of the ghost-story sessions. Byron also heard Goethe’s Faust about this time, and “Manfred” may also owe something to Matthew Lewis, author of The Monk, who visited Byron a month or two before “Manfred” was begun. The poem was completed in April of 1817 and published in June of that year.

"Manfred" by Lord Byron


Byron undertook “Manfred,” his most Gothic work, in late 1816, a few months after the famed ghost-story sessions which provided the initial impetus for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and John Polidori’s The Vampyre, which some argue is based on Byron’s fragment of a novel, his brief response to the challenge of the ghost-story sessions. Byron also heard Goethe’s Faust about this time, and “Manfred” may also owe something to Matthew Lewis, author of The Monk, who visited Byron a month or two before “Manfred” was begun. The poem was completed in April of 1817 and published in June of that year.



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