NPR reports on sale of an interesting correspondence. Letters written between Lord Byron and a Priest…
Byron and Hodgson, a clergyman whom the poet met at Cambridge, maintained a spirited, lifelong correspondence through letters. Now, a collection of their letters dating from 1808 to 1821 is up for auction at Sotheby’s.”
Heaton says that the last letter in the collection may tell us the most about Byron as a poet. Responding to Hodgson’s idea that a tragic hero is always a good man, Byron dashed off a postscript in which he lists a number of tragedies where the hero was clearly not good — including Paradise Lost.
“This moment of saying Satan is the hero of Paradise Lost, which is a great Romantic point, is pretty revealing,” Heaton says.”