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. 41, No. 1, 2013

'Byron and 1812' London Byron Society Symposium, Kingsway Hall Hotel 10-14 September 2012
The first day of the London Byron Society's Symposium on the theme of 'Byron and 1812' coincided with a victory parade for the UK's Olympic athletes. Celebration was in the air (as well as several red arrows) as delegates made their way through worse...
Byron and Italy
BYRON AND ITALY. By Peter Cochran. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. Pp. 374. ISBN 978 1-4438-3576-3. £44.99.The back cover of Peter Cochran's Byron and Italy announces that the book 'tackles a subject to which no book has been devoted exclusively...
Byron's Frankenstein
Offered for sale from 26 September 2012 by bookseller Peter Harrington was Byron's leather-bound copy of the first volume of the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, inscribed in Mary Shelley's best copperplate handwriting, 'To Lord Byron from the Author'....
Byron's Week in Middleton
AbstractIn the autumn of 1811, Byron stayed at Hopwood Hall in Middleton near Rochdale for a week. Byron biographers have largely overlooked this, his only outing to Lancashire. My account reviews evidence about the visit both from contemporary letters...
Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War and Tyranny
CASTLEREAGH: ENLIGHTENMENT, WAR AND TYRANNY. By John Bew. London, Quercus, 2011. Pp. 722. ISBN 978 0 85738 186 6. £25.00.In 1815, the Allies celebrated their total victory over the thuggish Napoleon's 20-year effort to establish and enforce his European-wide...
Don Juan and the Dirty Scythe of Time
AbstractHow old is Don Juan? The answer is obvious: the text, when appealed to, states categorically that he is sixteen when his adventures begin and twenty-one when we meet him for the last time at the breakfast table at Norman Abbey. But this pat response...
Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge: The Poetics of Relationship
DOROTHY WORDSWORTH AND HARTLEY COLERIDGE: THE POETICS OF RELATIONSHIP. By Nicola Healey. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. 285. ISBN 978 0 23027772 4. £50.00Nicola Healey's first monograph joins a burgeoning field of twenty-first century re-evaluations...
Gaiety and Grace: Byron and the Tone of Catholicism
AbstractThis essay is concerned with the levity of Don Juan, which tends to be viewed as a form of debunking or 'de-creating' irreverence, and hence as intrinsically opposed to the religious. Against this tendency, the essay suggests firstly that levity...
Letter to the Editor
The Editor,The Byron Journal12 February 2013Dear Jonathon,I write to say how much I enjoyed reading Bernard Beatty's article 'The Byron Journal at Forty' (40.2, pp. 103-13). Having read most of the contents of the journal from its first issue in 1973...
Necromanticism: Travelling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860
NECROMANTICISM: TRAVELLING TO MEET THE DEAD, 1750-1860. By Paul Westover. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. viii + 217. ISBN 978 0 23030 443 7. £50.00.Following in the wake of recent scholarship on death studies, literary afterlives...
Poetry and Popular Protest: Peterloo, Cato Street and the Queen Caroline Controversy
POETRY AND POPULAR PROTEST: PETERLOO, CATO STREET AND THE QUEEN CAROLINE CONTROVERSY. By John Gardner. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp. 272. ISBN 978 0 230 28071 1. £50.00.In this extensive and engaging study, John Gardner makes the case for...
Report from the Salerooms
Byron items have been more quality than quantity in the salerooms this year. Bloomsbury Auctions with their operations in Maddox Street and Godalming, with at least twenty-four auctions a year, have only had five lots specific to the poet, four of which...
Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century
SYMPATHY, SENSIBILITY AND THE LITERATURE OF FEELING IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. By Ildiko Csengei. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp. xii + 261. ISBN 978 0 230 30844 2. £53.00.In the forty years since R. F. Brissenden published Virtue in Distress,...
The Byron Society Lecture Jonathan Bate: 'Byron and the Age of Sensation' 8 November 2012
A well-attended lecture organised by the Byron Society in association with the Institute of English Studies brought Jonathan Bate RSL FBA, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, to London's Senate...
The International Byron Societies 2012-2013
THE BYRON SOCIETYAs recorded is our last report we began the celebration of the bicentenary of this momentous Byron year when we were privileged to be present, at the kind invitation of the Earl of Lytton, in the House of Lords when the Earl read his...
The International Byron Societies Officers and Addresses
INTERNATIONAL COUNCILFor full details of the International Byron Society, please see our website (www.internationalbyronsociety. org).The Officers for 2012-2013 are as follows:Joint Presidents: Professor Jonathan Gross (USA), Professor Naji Oueijan (Lebanon),...
The Ninth. Beethoven and the World in 1824
THE NINTH. BEETHOVEN AND THE WORLD IN 1824. By Harvey Sachs. New York: Random House, 2010. Pp. 225. ISBN 978 1 4000 6077 1. US $26.00. Can $32.00.On 7 May 1824, at the premier of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna's Kärntenor Theater, a bass soloist...
The Phantom Byron Book Sale Catalogue
AbstractThis essay argues that there exist four sale catalogues of Byron's library, not three as hitherto thought, and that the fourth auction, held at the same time as the third and by the same auctioneer (under the title 'Library of a GENTLEMAN DECEASED'),...
The Taming of Byron in the Netherlands
AbstractThe first Byron translation in the Netherlands dates from 1819. A decade later a true Byron-mania breaks out, which yields quite a number of translations. Even so Byron rather upset the Dutch, who regarded him as an exemplar of moral decay. The...