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January 22: Lord Byron (1788)

It was on this date, January 22, 1788, that English poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, was born in London. He became radicalized and skeptical of religion during his student years at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1806 he had Fugitive Pieces, printed. But the Rev. John Beecher objected to some of the poems, so Byron withdrew his first book of poetry. From his youthful scorn for Christianity, Byron moderated into a Deistic belief, yet he maintained a friendship with Percy Bysshe Shelley, an Atheist....

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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