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yarb commented on the word eleutherarch
It's a very funny short novel - 'Byron' has a hilarious cameo part.
September 3, 2008
qroqqa commented on the word eleutherarch
And the other quote is Shelley, as I guessed: Peacock's hero of Nightmare Abbey, Scythrop Glowry, was a portrait of Shelley.
vanishedone commented on the word eleutherarch
I just checked the OED definition: 'The chief of an (imaginary) secret society called "the Eleutheri".' (The Peacock citation is 1817, and the other two are 1813, with the first being T.J. Hogg's Memoirs of Prince Alexy Haimatoff.)
He slept with Horrid Mysteries under his pillow, and dreamed of venerable eleutherarchs and ghastly confederates holding midnight conventions in subterranean caves.- Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, ch. 2