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Coppet, Switzerland

Coppet (or Copet) was the site of the home of Germaine de Staël, who had attracted a small entourage of brilliant intellectuals like August Wilhelm Schlegel to the vicinity of Geneva. The presence of these luminaries from around Europe was a vital reason for Byron's choosing Geneva as a destination when he exiled himself from England in the spring of 1816. Although there is no record that the Shelleys were introduced to Madame de Staël, she was to die the next year, bringing to a premature close a pan-European career enjoyed by no woman writer before her time.