Vorstadtzoo   Not to be outdone by his pet-crazy predecessor Byron, English Pre-Raphaelite poet and animal fanatic Dante Gabriel Rossetti ran, at his Cheyne Walk "Tudor House" in Chelsea, a three-ring circus of exotic beasts. Not content with a Brahmin bull, a zebra, an armadillo, a wallaby, a Japanese salamander and an Irish deerhound, he soon added dormice, rabbits, marmots, woodchucks, laughing jackasses, a Pomeranian puppy, owls and parrots. Also in residence were the novelist George Meredith and the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, a being every bit as exotic as any of the other specimens in Rossetti's suburban zoo. - Literarische Haustiere

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