Friday, 14 January 2011

In Our Time Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

The In Our Time series covers some great subjects and this episode is no exception.  Childe Harold's Pilgrimage was the first long poem that Lord Bryon wrote and was a huge success all over Europe (except Portugal) and turned its author into a celebrity of rock star proportions.  Only Napoleon was more famous.

The world (except the Portuguese) watched in amazement while the aristocratic poet's behaviour became more extravagant and he pushed further against the conventions expected of the time.

Its a bit like Melvyn himself.  He doesn't try to be polite to his guests, he just browbeats them into submission.  Mad, bad and dangerous to appear on a show with.

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