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Rich holdings of Byron papers are housed in the archives of John Murray, London, Byron's publisher; in the Roe-Byron Collection at Newstead Abbey, the poet's ancestral home outside Nottingham; and in the Library of the University of Texas. Other major institutions with notable Byron collections include Yale, Harvard, the Morgan Library, the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, the New York Public Library, the University of Pennsylvania, the Henry E. Huntington Library, and the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Rome. Especially useful is the section devoted to Byron in The Index of English Literary Manuscripts, volume 4: 1800-1900, part 1, A-G, compiled by Barbara Rosenbaum and Pamela White (Bronx, .: Mansell, 1982).
The publication and subsequent auction of Keats’s letters led to more than just interest in the affair—Fanny Brawne was attacked as unfit to be the object of Keats’s affection. Sir Charles Dilke, in a review of the collection of letters in the Athenaeum , “calls the book “the greatest impeachment of a woman’s sense of womanly delicacy to be found in the history of literature.””  Louise Imogen Guiney remarked in 1890 that “Fanny “was vain and shallow, she was almost a child; the gods denied her the ‘seeing eye,’ and made her unaware.” Seventy years after the poet’s death, “most of us are soberly thankful that he escaped betimes from his own heart’s desire, and his worst impending peril, Mrs. Keats.””  Richard Le Gallienne wrote that “it is certainly a particularly ironical paradox that the lady irritatingly associated with (Keats’s) name should be the least congruous of all the many commonplace women transfigured by the genius they could not understand, and the love of which they were not worthy.... Fame, that loves to humour its poets, has consented to glorify the names of many unimportant poor relations of genius, but there has never been a more significant name upon its lips than the name of Fanny Brawne.... One writes so, remembering... the tortures to which she subjected a noble spirit with her dancing-class coquetries.” 
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