by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.
Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.
Read by Alex Wilson.
Originally for sale on July 26, 2007, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.