The immense fame and glamour of Lord Byron (1788-1824), whose poetry represented defiance and freedom, fed the daydreams of a generation of aspiring young writersmen and women alike.
Walter Scott (1771-1832) was one of the most read and celebrated authors of the early nineteenth century. His poems and novels played a role in the developing imaginations of the young Brontës, and he was George Eliots favorite novelist. Scotts great popular success as a novelist provided an example of a successful writing career in a literary genre accessible to women.
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