"The Author of Granby" (London: Colburn, 1826) was T. H. Lister (1800-1842), one of the "Silver Fork" novelists of the late 1820s associated with the publisher Henry Colburn, the same publisher (and also in 1826) of The Last Man. Colburn was in addition the publisher of the New Monthly Magazine, in which Mary Shelley published short fiction, beginning, perhaps, with the anonymous "Rome in the First and the Nineteenth Centuries."
Byron never made it to Lepanto (where he had been officially posted by Mavrocordato), largely because the troops he was to command were badly factionalized and underfunded. He died of a fever (and the complications of treating it, including bleedings), on 19 April 1824. Not long thereafter, Missolonghi (where he had been encamped) came under siege by Turkish forces, essentially unrelieved until a bloody massacre of 1826. This event was later the subject of a famous painting by Delacroix, Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi.
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Percy Shelley addressed it as "Paradise of exiles" (Julian and Maddalo) and Byron made it his adopted country until his final sojourn in Greece. Italy was for Mary Shelley's circle a site of symbolic, artistic, cultural--and actual--exile, as well as an ancient ideal standard of civilization against which to measure the fall into servitude and general failings of the present day. (See this 1824 sonnet by Guidiccioni.)
Jane Williams, friend of Mary Shelley and the object and recipient of Percy Shelley's last love lyrics (written on the coast of Italy). She lived near Mary at Kentish Town for a time from 1824, during the months the latter was completing The Last Man.
Pierre Simon, marquis de La Place (1749-1827), French astronomer and mathemetician, who extended Newton's insights in his best known work, Exposition du système du monde (1796), formulating a theory of the origin of the solar system.