Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

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It is a great pleasure and a privilege to take over from Jonathon Shears as editor of The Byron Journal. Founded in 1973, edited before me by Sir Drummond Bone, Bernard Beatty, Alan Rawes, and Jon, the journal has now shaped the discussion of Byron for over 45 years. As the first woman in this inspiring line of custodians, I plan to ensure it continues to do so for many years to come. My thanks to Jon and the Editorial Board, who have made the transition between editors as smooth as possible, and made me feel so very welcome. And my thanks to you all, too-the journal's readers-without whom where would we be! I hope you enjoy reading this issue.

This year marks yet another bicentenary of significant Byronic events. The publication of the first two cantos of Byron's Don Juan in particular is reflected in four of the five essays included in this issue. The first two essays, by Catherine Addison and Christine Kenyon Jones, deftly explore the intricacies of improvisation in Byron's writing- which came so spectacularly to the fore in Byron's writing of Don Juan-presenting, between them, a keen, vibrant conversation on the topics of Byron's composition and versification. Bernard Beatty's piece on Byronic interactions then takes us on a grand tour across Byron's life and writing-from interactions with animals and ghosts to interactions between men, women, and between men and women. The fourth essay, by Emily Paterson-Morgan, takes up the topic of divorce proceedings and presents an intriguing enquiry into the 'delicacies of the law' and how these influenced Byron's depiction of similar scenes in Don Juan. …

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