chapter  34
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Three orthodox attacks on Cain

1821, 1822

Extract from an anonymous review in the Supplement to the Gentleman's Magazine for July-December 1821, in which the reviewer takes his leave of Lord Byron's Cain 'with feelings of the most unqualified disgust and disapprobation', after presenting extracts under the twin headings 'Hideous Blasphemy', 'Twaddle and Nonsense': 'This is unquestionably one of the most pernicious productions that ever proceeded from the pen of a man of genius. If the slanderer of a fellow mortal deserve reprobation and punishment, what ought to be the penalty of the calumniator of his omnipotent Maker, the miserable traducer of his God. If any additional fame can attach to Lord Byron from this odious "Mystery", it can be none other than an immortality of infamy. Extract from an anonymous review of Cain and Southey's Vision of Judgement in the Eclectic Review for May 1822.