The Byron Journal

The journal publishes scholarly articles and notes on all aspects of Byron's writings and life, and on related topics.


Vol. 47, No. 2, 2019

'Faith and Infidelity: Byron in 1819' Newstead Abbey Byron Society Conference 26–27 April 2019
The last Friday and Saturday of April 2019 marked the 15th annual Newstead Abbey Byron Society Conference which was, once again, held at Lord Byron's ancestral Nottinghamshire home, Newstead Abbey, organised by Ken Purslow, Chairman of NABS, and Mirka...
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'If You Would like to See the Whole Proceedings': Criminal Conversation in Byron's Don Juan Canto I
In Don Juan, Byron describes England as a 'low, newspaper, humdrum, lawsuit country' (XII, 65). He makes this statement in the middle of a series of stanzas about the dire consequences of being exposed for adultery, specifically 'when, without regard...
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Vol. 47, No. 1, 2019

Byron's Dark Side: Human and Natural Catastrophe in Don Juan and 'Darkness'
Catastrophes are important for Byron. His life and work are full of catastrophic events- both personal and historical-during already turbulent, and often equally catastrophic, times. The category of 'catastrophe ' is helpful to understand better both...
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'True Words Are Things:' Byron's Marino Faliero
Byron equates words and things in four works: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, III, 114; The Prophecy of Dante, II, 2; Don Juan, III, 88; and Marino Faliero. In the last named of these, which unlike the other works is a drama, Byron complicates the equation...
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Vol. 45, No. 2, 2017

'Difficult to Imitate and Impossible to Equal': Byron, Burns, Moore and the Packaging of National Song
Byron's comment, quoted in the title to this essay, appeared in a letter to the song editor George Thomson (1757-1851) dated 10 September 1813.2 When asked to provide Thomson with national song lyrics for his Select Collection of Original Irish Airs,...
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Vol. 45, No. 1, 2017

Benjamin Disraeli and John Murray: The Politician, the Publisher, and the Representative
BENJAMIN DISRAELI AND JOHN MURRAY: THE POLITICIAN, THE PUBLISHER, AND THE REPRESENTATIVE. By Regina Akel. Pp. xiii + 203. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016. ISBN 978 1 78138 307 0. ?85.00.In the early nineteenth century, newspapers and magazines...
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Decadent Romanticism: 1780–1914
DECADENT ROMANTICISM: 1780-1914. Edited by Kostas Boyiopoulos and Mark Sandy. Surrey: Ashgate, 2015. Pp. 226. ISBN 9781472422422. ?60.00.This collection adds to a growing number of recent critical enquiries into the legacies of Romanticism in subsequent...
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Vol. 43, No. 2, 2015

Why Did Byron Have to Write Cain before He Could Finish the Vision of Judgement?
Having written Sardanapalus, Byron started The Vision of Judgement on 7 May 1821; he stopped working on it the same day, on completing (I think, to judge from how the ink changes on the manuscript) its first twenty-six stanzas. Between 20 September and...
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Vol. 42, No. 1, 2014

Report from the Salerooms
The year 2013 saw the sale of the library of former chairman of the Byron Society, Derek Wise. Derek was also my predecessor as author of this column. For those wishing to refresh their memory of the man his obituary appeared in The Byron Journal, 40.2...
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