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. 39, No. 1, 2011

A2 at Albany: Byron in 1814
AbstractA2 Albany is where Byron lived from 27 March 1814 until his marriage. This essay describes Albany itself, its history and its milieu, then Byron's apartments and his sojourn there. It gives a personal impression of the rooms as they are at present,...
Byron and Scott: The Waverley Novels and Historical Engagement
BYRON AND SCOTT: THE WAVERLEY NOVELS AND HISTORICAL ENGAGEMENT. By Roderick Speer. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Pp. xiii + 116. ISBN 1 4438 0587 4. £34.99.There are problems with Roderick Speer's book that are probably best mentioned...
Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism
BYRON AND THE RHETORIC OF ITALIAN NATIONALISM. By Arnold Anthony Schmidt. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Pp. xiv+ 206. ISBN 978 0 230 61600 4. $80.00. £52.20.This is a most interesting - indeed at times fascinating - book that focuses on a neglected...
Byron's Indebtedness to Martial and Catullus
AbstractByron was interested in the epigram throughout his life, and learned the art of writing epigrams primarily by reading Catullus and Martial, though Alexander Pope was also an influence. Byron not only translated and imitated the Romans' epigrams...
Cartas Y Poesías Mediterráneas. Península Ibérica, Malta, Albania, Grecia Y Turquía, 1809-1811
CARTAS Y POESÍAS MEDITERRÁNEAS. PENÍNSULA IBÉRICA, MALTA, ALBANIA, GRECIA Y TURQUÍA, 1809-1811. By Lord Byron. Edición y traducción de Agustín Coletes Blanco. Oviedo: KRK Ediciones, 2010. Pp. 633. ISBN 978 84 8367 254 9. euro34.95.The earliest translation...
'Churchill's Grave': A Response to Wordsworth's Excursion
AbstractHighlighting William Wordsworth's unsatisfying conclusion to The Excursion, this essay suggests that in 'Churchill's Grave: A Fact Literally Rendered' Byron directly addresses the problematic ending of Wordsworth's poem. While acknowledging Byron's...
'Freedom, Faction, Fame and Blood': British Soldiers of Conscience in Greece, Spain and Finland
'FREEDOM, FACTION, FAME AND BLOOD': BRITISH SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE IN GREECE, SPAIN AND FINLAND. By Elizabeth Roberts. Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press, 2010. Pp. ix + 284. ISBN 978 1 84519 318 8. £55.00.Taking the first part of its title from Byron's...
Joy Unconfined! Lord Byron's Grand Tour Re-Toured
JOY UNCONFINED! LORD BYRON'S GRAND TOUR RE-TOURED. By Ian Strathcarron. Oxford: Signal Books, 2010. Pp. 288. ISBN 9781 904955 74 0. £19.99.It is rare to find a book that relies as heavily as this one does on your own research; but, although Ian Strathcarron...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,I thought I might send a few thoughts on Byron and Goya with an eye to interesting members of the International Byron Societies in viewing some of Goya's paintings while at this year's International Byron Conference in Spain. Despite the...
Lord Byron, Literary Detective: The Recovery of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Long-Lost Venetian Letters
AbstractThis essay discusses the implications of a curious episode from Byron's life in Italy. Encouraged by Venetian intellectuals, Byron engaged in a serious scholarly investigation of the history of a singular eighteenth-century literary figure, Lady...
Lord Byron: The Complete Works in 13 Volumes
LORD BYRON: THE COMPLETE WORKS IN 13 VOLUMES. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009. ISBN 13 978 1 4438 0602 2. £129.Byron had an aversion to the vulgar and yet it is hard not to like a relatively cheap, not to say cheerful edition of his complete...
Poland's Angry Romantic: Two Poems and a Play by Juliusz Slowacki
POLAND'S ANGRY ROMANTIC: TWO POEMS AND A PLAY BY JULIUSZ SLOWACKI. Edited and translated by Peter Cochran, Bill Johnston, Miroslawa Modrzewska and Catherine O'Neil. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Pp. 295. ISBN 978 1 4438 1371...
Report from the Salerooms
2010 proved a much more interesting year for Byroniana in the salerooms than its predecessor, although it was slow to start. The first sale to attract my attention was at Bloomsbury Auctions on 8 July. Three lots had Byron connections. The first (Lot...
Romantic 'Anglo-Italians': Configurations of Identity in Byron, the Shelleys, and the Pisan Circle
ROMANTIC 'ANGLO-ITALIANS': CONFIGURATIONS OF IDENTITY IN BYRON, THE SHELLEYS, AND THE PISAN CIRCLE. By Maria Schoina. Farnham, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009. Pp. 192. ISBN 978 0 7546 6292 1. £55.00.One of the most recent additions to the constantly expanding...
Romanticism, History, Historicism: Essays on an Orthodoxy
ROMANTICISM, HISTORY, HISTORICISM: ESSAYS ON AN ORTHODOXY. Edited by Damian Walford Davies. New York and London: Routledge, 2009. Pp. xx + 234. ISBN 978 0 415 96112 7. £85.This volume of essays opens with a brief preface in which Alan Liu considers what...
Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Dickinson
TEXT AS PROCESS: CREATIVE COMPOSITION IN WORDSWORTH, TENNYSON, AND DICKINSON. By Sally Bushell. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009. Pp. 302. ISBN 978 0 8139 2774 9. £48.95Text as Process grows out of Sally Bushell's work co-editing a...
The Gothic Byron
THE GOTHIC BYRON. Edited by Peter Cochran. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Pp. 201. ISBN 978 1 4438 0244 4. £39.99.In The Gothic Byron, Peter Cochran draws together a selection of essays originally given as papers at a one-day...
The International Byron Societies 2010-2011
THE BYRON SOCIETYDespite the vagaries of the weather and the railways we enjoyed a very good programme of events in 2010, all well attended by members and guests.In February, Alison Skilbeck and Edward MacLiam, both professional actors, came to The Naval...
'Unshadowing the Rialto': Byron and the Patterns of Life
AbstractFocusing on Byron's letter to Thomas Moore of 1 June 1818, Byron's first-ever letter from the Palazzo Mocenigo, this essay celebrates the range, the linguistic bravura, the grasp of various literary traditions, the mastery of more than one kind...
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