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Recollections of a Long Life by John Cam Hobhouse


Recollections of a Long Life by John Cam Hobhouse

John Cam Hobhouse, Baron Broughton (1786-1869), politician and prolific memoirist, is today best remembered for his close friendship with Lord Byron, and as the inventor of the phrase 'His Majesty's Opposition'. He travelled extensively in Europe with Byron, and acted both as his best man and as his executor after Byron's early death in 1824. He began his political career as a radical, but gradually moved to a much more conservative viewpoint. This six-volume work is a revision of his 1865 privately printed memoir, Some Account of a Long Life, expanded by his daughter from his diaries and letters, and published between 1909 and 1911. Volume 2 includes further European travels, the radical Hobhouse's imprisonment for breach of Parliamentary privilege, the death of his hero Napoleon, and the failure of Byron's marriage. It also provides information on the publication history of Byron's works.

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Publication date

3rd November 2011


John Cam Hobhouse

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Cambridge University Press


406 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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