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Title: Book - "The Poetical Works of Byron"
Identifier: 979.6.1574
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1850
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled 'The Poetical Works of Bryon' by author Lord Byron and published by Frederick Warne and Co. The book has a black cover with gold lettering on front and on spine and gilt-edged pages. The bottom corner of front cover has a name engraved in gold 'E.A. Draper.'

The Harris family married into the Draper family with the marriage of Annie Harris to Beverly Sayers in 1906. Beverly was related to William Henry Draper (1801-1877), Canada’s first colonial politician to be styled 'premier', and who was instrumental in establishing the Conservative party. He supported the Family Compact, which attempted to create an aristocracy linked by family, patronage and political and social beliefs to the professional upper middle class. See: George Metcalf, 'William Henry Draper', The Canadian Encyclopedia, Year 2000 Edition (McClelland and Stewart, 1999), 693.

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 - 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron's best-known works are the brief poems "She Walks in Beauty", "When We Two Parted", and "So, we'll go no more a roving", in addition to the narrative poems "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and "Don Juan". He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, and self-imposed exile. He died in Greece.
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