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Old September 21st, 2017, 03:31 AM   #1

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To what extent was Lord Byron the first celebrity?


Mobbed in public, poetry that sold out on the day of publication, the life of Lord Byron certainly seems to mirror the celebs of today.
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True I think about Byron, but I'm not sure he was the first. Some of the opera singers of Handel's time (like Senesino) were widely famous, paid massive salaries for the time, and had tempestuous and highly self-centred relationships with colleagues.
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True Senesino had an illustrious life and pulled in the big bucks like they were going out of fashion, but his fan base lacked the screaming, swooning, mob of impassioned women ready to throw themselves on him.
Although there were a couple of very good reasons for that.
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I would say Martin Luther. He was a mobbed in public, people who never read his works had pictures of him in his house, people just walked next to him just to write down Luther's saying "Today the sky is a nice color of blue."
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Mobbed in public, poetry that sold out on the day of publication, the life of Lord Byron certainly seems to mirror the celebs of today.
As you say. He was a BIG celebrity. When the Queen asked PM Lord Melbourne if he minded that his wife ran off with him he said "Of course not Ma'am. I felt honoured!"

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 07:41 AM   #6

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Interesting stuff:

https://books.google.com/books?id=Q2...20fame&f=false

And:
https://www.thecultureconcept.com/lo...f-extravagance

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Old October 18th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #7

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My dog is named Lord Byron, I'm not kidding.
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