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. 34, No. 2, December

32nd International Byron Conference, 14-17 June 2006, Université De Paris IV (la Sorbonne), 'Byron Correspondence(s)'
In June 2006 Byron scholars met in Paris for the 32nd annual International Byron Conference, held at the Université de Paris IV (the Sorbonne). Organised by the French Byron Society, the conference was a splendid event that allowed some eighty Byronists...
'A Magic Voice and Verse': Byron's Approaches to the Ode, 1814-16
The Romantic ode steeps itself in the turbulent waters of the mind's and heart's debates with themselves. These debates can take many forms, as Paul H. Fry indicates when contrasting Keats's odes with Wordsworth's and Coleridge's: Keats's odes, writes...
'Byron and London' Conference, 29 April 2006, Nottingham Trent University
The third annual one-day Byron conference organised by the Newstead Abbey Byron Society, Nottingham Trent University and the Midlands Romantic Seminar was held on 29 April 2006, at the Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University. The theme was 'Byron...
Byronic Transmission and the First Poem for Caro
In April of 1812 Lord Byron found himself in the midst of a burgeoning love affair with Lady Caroline Lamb, the young, impulsive, married woman who had written in her diary after meeting the poet, his 'beautiful pale face is my fate'.1 For his part,...
Byron's Introduction to the Prince Regent in 1812
It seems curious that Byron's introduction to the Prince Regent in 1812 has nowhere been properly examined or discussed. There are various versions of the event, and surmises have been made; but the date and location, and the identity of the hostess...
Byron's Numerology Revisited: Don Juan
In The Byron Journal of 1994, Alan Rawes,1 picking up on James Fisher's article in 1993,2 suggests that the positioning of stanzas 49 and 50 in Cantos I and II of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage reveals a numerological pattern in Byron's poem. It seems to...
Consuming Keats: Nineteenth-Century Representations in Art and Literature
CONSUMING KEATS: NINETEENTH-CENTURY REPRESENTATIONS IN ART AND LITERATURE. By Sarah Wootton. London: Palgrave, 2006. Pp. xi + 215. ISBN 1- 4039-1913-5. £45.00.'Who is Keats?', asks Sarah Wootton's enjoyable study of the poet's nineteenth-century afterlife....
Editorial
This issue of The Byron Journal, like the last, pays tribute to Elma Dangerfield, CBE, co-re-founder of the Byron Society and co-founder of this journal. A section of the following pages is devoted to accounts of her funeral, cremation and commemoration...
Elma Dangerfield, CBE, 1907-2006
The following gives brief accounts of Elma Dangerfield's funeral at Chelsea Old Church, her cremation at Mortlake Crematorium, the service of commemoration and thanksgiving for Byron and Elma held at St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall and the celebration...
From Gothic to Romantic: Thomas Chatterton's Bristol
FROM GOTHIC TO ROMANTIC: THOMAS CHATTERTON'S BRISTOL. Edited by Alistair Heys. Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2005. Pp. 144. ISBN 1-904537-20-0. £14.95.Following his unmasking as the forger of pseudo-archaic poetry, Thomas Chatterton wrote in an angry letter...
Hours of Idleness
No person is exposed to ridicule till he has deserved it, and if the noble lord had not published his Hours of Idleness, no human being would have guessed the quantity of time he had spent doing nothing. (The Satirist, 1807)At first sight life would...
Letters to the Editor
Elma DangerfieldDear Editor,Maureen O'Connor suggested that readers of The Byron Journal might like to read a few words from me about my mother, the late Elma Dangerfield.To be honest, I saw little of her in my younger years. She was leading an active...
'Native Energy': Byron and Hogg as Scottish Poets
In Canto X of Don Juan, Byron famously refers to himself as Scottish: 'But I am half a Scot by birth, and bred / A whole one' (17). He describes Scotland in the passage that follows as a land of lost innocence, using images drawn from Shakespeare's Macbeth...
Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, Politics
ROMANTIC GENIUS AND THE LITERARY MAGAZINE: BIOGRAPHY, CELEBRITY, POLITICS. By David Higgins. London and New York: Routledge, 2005. Pp. xii + 192. ISBN 00-415-33556-6. £70.00.What is literary genius? Can it be found in the contemporary world? These are...
Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840/georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History
ROMANTIC METROPOLIS: THE URBAN SCENE OF BRITISH CULTURE, 1780- 1840. Edited by James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. v + 291. ISBN 0-521-83901-7. £48.00.GEORGIC MODERNITY AND BRITISH ROMANTICISM: POETRY...
Romantic Poetry and the Fragmentary Imperative: Schlegel, Byron, Joyce, Blanchot
ROMANTIC POETRY AND THE FRAGMENTARY IMPERATIVE: SCHLEGEL, BYRON, JOYCE, BLANCHOT. By Christopher A. Strathman. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005. Pp. xi + 204. ISBN 0-7914-6457-1. $60.00.Christopher A. Strathman's Romantic Poetry and...
The Byronic Image: The Poet Portrayed
THE BYRONIC IMAGE: THE POET PORTRAYED. By Robert Beevers. Abingdon: Olivia Press, 2005. Pp. 163. ISBN 0-9542118-1-2. £15.00.And bards burn what they call their 'midnight taper',To have when the original is dust,A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.(Don...
The Geometry of Love: The Marriage of Lord Byron. a Play
THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE: THE MARRIAGE OF LORD BYRON. A PLAY. By Peter Dunne. London: Samuel French, 2005. Pp. viii + 74. ISBN 0-573-11177-4. £7.75.This four-act drama was first performed at Baron's Court Theatre, London, in October 2004. As its title suggests,...
The International Byron Societies 2006
NEWSTEAD ABBEY BYRON SOCIETYThe Annual Byron Birthday dinner is always a good starting point for the Chairman's report. Held during the first month of the year, it is always a happy and joyous occasion and sets the scene for the remainder of the year....
Was Byron's Terminal Illness a Form of Neurosyphilis?
Modern medical diagnosis rests on the three pillars of medical history, physical examination and laboratory investigations (radiology, histology, microbiology, chemical pathology etc.). Often a differential diagnosis is suggested by the history alone....
William Wordsworth: Interviews and Recollections
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH: INTERVIEWS AND RECOLLECTIONS. Edited by Harold Orel. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Pp. xii + 199. ISBN 1-4039-3962-4. £45.00.This book is an anthology of opinions on Wordsworth as he was known to twenty-two of his contemporaries,...