Review of “Darkness” (1816)


Lord Byron (writer).

Read in 2022.

The end of the world.

A fictionalized Grand Guignol version of the Year Without a Summer, long before the Grand Guignol Theatre opened, and before people other than Cuvier’s buddies started thinking about catastrophic climate change. It isn’t coherent, but it’s a charming piece of Romanticism.

References here: “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” (1839), The House on the Borderland (1908), The Night Land (1912).

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