Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

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This is a special issue of The Byron Journal to celebrate the 70th birthday of Jerome McGann, familiar to all Byronists as the editor of the standard modern edition of Byron's poetical works, as a critic who has led the renaissance in Byron scholarship over the last four decades and as a scholar of Romanticism whose work has helped changed the face of Romantic Studies. Professor McGann's association with this journal is a long one - in fact, he published an essay in the journal's very first issue in 1973 - so it is with particular pleasure that we now pay him this tribute. The idea of a special issue dedicated to McGann was first proposed by Andrew Stauffer and Peter Graham, to whom I am most grateful for both the idea and their help and support in its realisation.

This issue marks McGann's birthday with five specially commissioned pieces on or related to his work on Byron. We begin with two essays looking back over McGann's 'Byronic' career to date: a 'chronological overview' of his publications on Byron since the 1960s and a personal assessment of his overall contribution to Byron Studies so far. Then we have two essays focused on Byron: the first on Byron's annotations, especially to The Giaour (coming at its topic through McGann's work on Byron's books, as opposed to individual poems, and on the relationship between poet and reader created by these books); the second on Byron's representations of his passion for Teresa Guiccioli in 'To the Po' and various letters (drawing on McGann's analysis of the tensions between sincerity, truth and masquerade in Byron). Finally, we give the last word to McGann himself, in an interview with James Soderholm. …

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