1891 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 1:210-11.



It is unnecessary to say with what applause the book [Childe Harold] was received. The impression it produced was as instantaneous as it proved to be lasting. Byron himself briefly described the result of the publication in his memoranda: "I awoke one morning and found myself famous." The publisher had already taken pains to spread abroad the merits of the poem. Many of his friends had re-echoed its praises. The attention of the public was fixed upon the work; and in three days after its appearance the whole edition was disposed of. When Mr. Dallas went to see Lord Byron at his house in St. James's Street, he found him loaded with letters from critics, poets, and authors, all lavish of their raptures. A handsome new edition, in octavo, was proposed, to which his Lordship agreed.