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Margherita Cogni manuscript material : 2 items

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Margherita Cogni manuscript material : 2 items, 1819.
Author
Cogni, Margherita.

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Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824.
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Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle: Manuscripts, 1772-1925
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2 items
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  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • Margherita Cogni, "La Fornarina," a Venetian baker's wife with whom Lord Byron had an affair from ca. August 1817 to sometime in 1819. In an 1819 letter to John Murray, Byron details an incident in which Cogni, in a violent fit, cut his thumb with a knife, then threw herself in the canal. Cogni was illiterate; her letters to Byron were dictated to a professional scribe.
Call Number
Pforz MS
OCLC
298628495
Author
Cogni, Margherita.
Title
Margherita Cogni manuscript material : 2 items, 1819.
Summary
· To Lord Byron, poet : 2 letters : -- ?Jan - May 1819 : (B'ANA 0240) : in Italian, in scribal hand; an emotional plea for him to keep his promise never to abandon her. -- 11 May 1819 : (B'ANA 0241) : in Italian; in scribal hand; begging to kiss his hand before he leaves. Both letters published with translations, as SC 630 and 638, in Shelley and his Circle vol. VII, p. 359f, 517f. For an account of Byron's relationship with Cogni, see Doucet Devin Fischer's "Countesses and Cobblers' Wives," p. 198-205 of the same volume.
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Restricted access; Pforzheimer Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Margherita Cogni, "La Fornarina," a Venetian baker's wife with whom Lord Byron had an affair from ca. August 1817 to sometime in 1819. In an 1819 letter to John Murray, Byron details an incident in which Cogni, in a violent fit, cut his thumb with a knife, then threw herself in the canal. Cogni was illiterate; her letters to Byron were dictated to a professional scribe.
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Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Addressee
Found In:
Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle: Manuscripts, 1772-1925
Research Call Number
Pforz MS
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