The Last Man

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October, 1997
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THE LAST MAN. | BY | THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN. | IN THREE VOLUMES. | Let no man seek / Henceforth to be foretold what shall befall / Him or his children. / MILTON. | VOL. I. | LONDON: | HENRY COLBURN, NEW BURLINGTON STREET. | 1826.


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Note: temple

October, 1997

As Frederic Colwell has noted, the Shelleys made numerous visits in the spring of 1819 to a neoclassical, "tetrastyle ionic" temple still standing on an island in a lake in the Borghese Gardens (pp. 128-31), a very fashionable spot at the time. The temple contains reliefs, rooftop statuary, and an inscribed pediment; it dates from the late eighteenth century. Claire Clairmont describes the temple in her journals and records reading Wordsworth there after rowing across to the island.

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