Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

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This issue of The Byron Journal is dedicated to the memory of Elma Dangerfield, who died on 22 January 2006. With Dennis Walwyn Jones, Elma Dangerfield re-founded the Byron Society and founded this journal. She played a crucial role in setting up the annual International Byron Conference and the annual House of Lords Byron dinner, and was instrumental in the creation of numerous Byron societies and events around the world.

Elma's funeral took place on 2 February 2006 at Chelsea Old Church. The address was given by the Earl of Lytton. On 22 April, a Memorial Service was held at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall, where Elma's ashes will be placed just above the Byron vault. This issue of The Byron Journal reprints the obituary that appeared in The Independent on 24 January, written by William St Clair, and carries a portrait of Elma on the cover. The second 2006 issue of the journal will include a number of personal tributes.

Among the greatest tributes to Elma, of course, is the continuing vitality and success of the Byron world she did so much to create. …

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