The Byron Journal

The journal publishes scholarly articles and notes on all aspects of Byron's writings and life, and on related topics.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, December

A Quiet Adjustment
A QUIET ADJUSTMENT. By Benjamin Markovits. London: Faber and Faber, 2008. pp. 328. ISBN 978-0571-23334-2. £12.99 (pb).The richness and myth-like nature of Byron's life have, over the last two centuries, attracted some hundreds of authors to attempt fictional...
'Austen and Byron: Together at Last': Byron Society of America and Jane Austen Society of North America Symposium, 3 May 2008, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
'Some might think him, and others might think her, the most in luck.' In either case, members of the Byron Society of America (BSA) and the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) needed little persuasion to attend a joint one-day symposium entitled...
'Byron and the Gothick': Newstead Abbey Byron Society, Nottingham Trent University and the Midlands Romantic Seminar One-Day Conference, 3 May 2008, Nottingham Trent University
As in 2007, the 2008 Nottingham one-day conference was preceded by a dinner at Nottinghamshire County Hall on the previous evening. After a welcome from Ken Purslow, those of us who had travelled from foreign parts (Cristina Ceron from Verona, Monika...
Byron: Heritage and Legacy
BYRON: HERITAGE AND LEGACY. Edited by Cheryl A. Wilson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Pp. xiii + 262. ISBN 978 0 230 60029. $74. 95.Byron: Heritage and Legacy contains selected papers from the 2001 International Byron Society conference. One of...
Dante and the Romantics
DANTE AND THE ROMANTICS. By Antonella Braida. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. x + 241. ISBN 1 4039 3233 6. £45.00.This book's title and its author's promise to provide 'a comprehensive understanding of the reception of Dante between...
Editorial
In 2008, the Byron world lost one of its largest personalities and most energetic champions, Maureen Crisp, who died on 26 July, shortly after her latest organisational triumph - the International Byron Conference at St Andrews University. Maureen, Ken...
Leigh Hunt to Lord Byron: Eight Letters from Horsemonger Lane Gaol
IOn 3 February 1813 Leigh Hunt was sentenced to two years in the Surrey Gaol in Horsemonger Lane for libelling the Prince Regent, while his brother John, joint proprietor and printer of the Examiner, was simultaneously committed to the Middlesex House...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,I write with reference to my article, 'Intercepted Letters', in The Byron Journal, 36.1 (2008), pp. 29-44. I should be grateful if I could make two further additions which may be of interest to readers. The first concerns Hobhouse's letter...
Lord Byron: Correspondence(s)
LORD BYRON: CORRESPONDENCE(S). Edited by Christiane Vigouroux. Paris: F.-X. de Guibert, 2008. Pp. 431. ISBN 978 27 554 0 2766. Price unknown.The first point that must be noted about Lord Byron: Correspondence(s) is that this volume of essays comes directly...
Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies
PALGRAVE ADVANCES IN BYRON STUDIES. Edited by Jane Stabler. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Pp. xi + 287. ISBN 13 978 1 4039 4598. £19.99 (pb).This is an important and substantial addition to the welcome range of new collections of essays on Byron...
Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works Including Poetry, Prose and Drama
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY: THE MAJOR WORKS INCLUDING POETRY, PROSE AND DRAMA. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Zachary Leader and Michael O'Neill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. xxviii + 845. ISBN 13 978 0 19 281 374 9. £12.95 (pb).In...
Postscript
A busload of delegates took off for Aberdeen the day after the conference ended. The granite city (we learned later that it had been a sandstone city in Byron's time) loomed out of a grey sky but the sun miraculously came out just as the Honourable Wilfred...
Revue De L'université De Moncton: Des Actes Sèlectionnés Du 30e Congrès International Sur Byron, 'Byron and the Romantic Sublime'
REVUE DE L'UNIVERSITÉ DE MONCTON: DES ACTES SÈLECTIONNÉS DU 30^sup E^ CONGRÈS INTERNATIONAL SUR BYRON, 'BYRON AND THE ROMANTIC SUBLIME'. Edited by Paul M. Curtis. Revue de L'Université de Moncton, Special Issue, 2005. Pp. vi. + 294. ISSN 0316 6368 (print),...
Romanticism, Medicine and the Poet's Body
ROMANTICISM, MEDICINE AND THE POET'S BODY. By James Robert Allard. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Pp. viii + 166. ISBN 978 0 7546 5891 7. £50.00.The aims of this book are to be applauded: since Catherine Gallagher's and Thomas Laqueur's work on this subject...
Scotland, Ireland and the Romantic Aesthetic
SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND THE ROMANTIC AESTHETIC. Edited by David Duff and Catherine Jones. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007. ISBN 0 8387 5618 8. Pp. 294. $60.00.This is a very welcome addition to the burgeoning canon of critical material on Romanticism...
'Serious Laughter': 34th International Byron Conference 14-18 July 2008, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Any review of this year's International Byron Conference must come tinged with sorrow at the death of Maureen Crisp soon afterwards. Maureen was a stalwart organiser and attendee of Byron conferences for almost too many years to count, and this year...
The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce
THE ART OF ELOQUENCE: BYRON, DICKENS, TENNYSON, JOYCE. By Matthew Bevis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. viii + 302. ISBN 978 0 19 925399 9. £50.00.This is a brilliantly conceived and executed book about the relationships between literature...
The Fixed and the Fluid: Identity in Byron and Shelley
I'What am I? Nothing' (CHP, III, 6), writes Byron. 'Self, that burr that will stick to one', Shelley comments wryly.1 This essay returns to the multi-faceted question of 'identity', especially poetic identity, in a range of works by Byron and Shelley....
'The Glory and the Nothing of a Name'
Stuck in Dover on 24 April 1816 when bad winds were delaying his final departure from England for a day, Byron slipped away after dinner to visit the grave of Charles Churchill - 'him who blazed / The comet of a season'. He peered at 'that neglected...
The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe
THE RECEPTION OF SIR WALTER SCOTT IN EUROPE. Edited by Murray Pittock. London: Continuum, 2006. Pp. lxxiv + 396. ISBN 978 0 8264 7410 0. £160.00.Murray Pittock notes in his introduction to The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe that Scott 'was one...
Two Rediscovered Byron Letters
Two lost letters from Byron have recently turned up at libraries in the United States (Harvard and Princeton). Although both were partially published in Leslie Marchand's edition of the poet's correspondence, neither has appeared in its entirety. In...
Voices in the Wilderness: Satire and Sacrifice in Blake and Byron
The snake spoke truth: it was the tree of knowledge;It was the tree of life: - knowledge is good,And life is good; and how can both be evil?Byron, Cain (I, i, 36-38)To LORD BYRON in the WildernessWhat doest thou here Elijah? Can a Poet doubt the Visions...
Wordsworth and Coleridge: 'Lyrical Ballads'
WORDSWORTH AND COLERIDGE: 'LYRICAL BALLADS'. By John Blades. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. xii + 291. ISBN 978 1 4039 04804. £45.00 (hb) / £14.99 (pb).This student textbook is part of Palgrave Macmillan's expanding 'Analysing...