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The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable


by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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Byron was a scandalous guy, even by today's standards: he lived with his half-sister for a while, and when she gave birth to a daughter, rumors started flying that it was Byron's, and that he'd been having an incestuous affair with his half sister. (Source)

Byron was born with a clubfoot, and he was very sensitive and self-conscious about his slight limp. (Source)

As a baron, Byron was a member of the House of Lords (one of the two houses of the British Parliament). He used his popularity as a poet to forward his political goals, like workers' rights and other social reforms. (Source)

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