The Byron Journal

Łucja Rautenstrauchowa: A Polish Admirer of Lord Byron

The Byron Journal (2016), 44, (2), 151–162.

Abstract

This essay presents an account of Lord Byron as a celebrity figure found in Łucja Rautenstrauchowa’s In and Beyond the Alps (1847), a narrative documenting her 1844–1846 trip to Italy. Rautenstrauchowa (1798–1886) was a Polish author of sentimental romances and travelogues, and the translator of de Staël’s Corinne, or Italy into Polish (1853). Her presentation is interesting in that it largely omits to refer to perceptions of Byron as a rebel, poet-soldier or martyr to liberty, which were popular with contemporary Poles. Apart from relishing some intimate details from Byron’s daily life, Rautenstrauchowa discusses the Pisan affray, as well as expounding her views on affinities between Byron and Napoleon and elaborating on the funeral of Shelley. There are some gaps and inaccuracies, but what is perhaps of most interest is the degree of indebtedness to Teresa Guiccioli.

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Ożarska, Magdalena