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“Oxford has made me insufferable” From Lord Byron to Sylvia Plath, writers recall their first days at uni

Sylvia Plath "could cry with happiness", while Jeremy Lewis found Dublin "quite dreadful"

By Ian Irvine  

Lord Byron felt as "independent as a German prince" when he started at Cambridge. Portrait: (c) Newstead Abbey; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Lord Byron arrived at Trinity College, Cambridge. He wrote to his half-sister Augusta:

“As might be supposed I like a College Life extremely, especially as I have escaped the Trammels or rather Fetters of my domestic Tyrant, Mrs Byron [his mother], who continued to plague me during my visit in July and September. I am now most pleasantly situated in Superexcellent Rooms, flanked on one…

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