The Byron Journal

Catullus and the Missing Papers: Leigh Hunt, Byron and John Murray

The Byron Journal (2014), 42, (2), 111–122.

Abstract

At the end of October 1822 Leigh Hunt translated and sent to Byron a satirical poem (or flagitatio) by Catullus intended to give voice to their joint indignation with John Murray. The occasion of this free ‘translation’ or adaptation was Murray's refusal to return the manuscripts of The Vision of Judgment which was eventually printed by Leigh Hunt's brother John and constituted the first contribution to the first number of The Liberal. This little-known episode throws light on the satirical potential of Catullus and particularly on the tactics of Hunt's unpublished translation; it also illustrates the literary tastes and complicated relations of Hunt and Byron, who were living near each other at this time and collaborating on The Liberal.1

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Webb, Timothy

Webb, Timothy