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. 45, No. 2, 2017

Between Worlds, between Works: Byron in 1817 Newstead Byron Society Conference Newstead Abbey 28–29 April 2017
This year's Newstead Byron Society Conference diverged from previous events in spanning two days, rather than one. This gave delegates the option to start the event with a jaunt to the beautiful church of St Mary's, Hucknall. Organised by Ken Purslow...
'Byron and Nature' 12th International Student Byron Conference Messolonghi, 19–24 May 2017
Friday 19 May 2017Rosa Florou, President of the Greek Messolonghi Byron society, Christina Tsekoura, the center's librarian, and Professor Peter Graham, academic conference director, welcomed the participants to the 12th International Student Byron Conference...
'Byron's Fletcher' and 'Byron's Lega'
In August 1840, a concerned query appeared in The Era, a popular London weekly:M. S.-Can you inform me whether Wm. Fletcher, Lord Byron's travelling valet, be still living?The answer was:-But a short time since Fletcher kept an Italian warehouse in Charles-Street,...
'Byron, Time and Space' 43rd International Byron Conference, Yerevan 29 June–1 July 2017 [2–4 July: Excursions]
Not the least of the many attractions of the conferences held under the auspices of the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS) is their general openness. They are held in places intimately associated with Byron, like the 35th conference...
'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,...
Editorial
The life and work of Lord Byron continues to fascinate in all manner of ways, every year prompting illuminating new readings of the verse and drama, the discovery of hitherto unnoticed associations or overlooked details, the extension of old conversations...
'Horace Said, and So / Say I': Generic Transgression and Tonal Dissonance in Don Juan I, Stanzas 212–16
It is a commonplace of criticism that in Don Juan Byron asserts his claim to be writing an epic, whose classical conventions he specifies with seemingly unironic exactitude in Canto I, only to flout those conventions and destabilise the character of...
Lord Byron and the Empress Marie-Louise: A New Letter to Leigh Hunt
On 6 April 1814 Napoleon renounced his claim to the thrones of France and Italy and, after the Treaty of Fontainebleau was ratified one week later, prepared himself for exile to the island of Elba.1 The dramatic series of events raised many questions...
Report from the Salerooms
In West Sussex, Toovey's sale on the 4 October 2016 started with 43 lots of a Byron library of an unnamed collector. Many of the books had previously been in the collection of Alex Bridge and retained his bookplate. On the whole prices were low. A first...
The Dedication to Don Juan Re-Examined: Hazlitt-Wat Tyler-Don Giovanni
It can be stated with certainty that Byron was reading Hazlitt at about the time he started Don Juan. This is because he took the trouble to draft a lengthy note angrily denying the charge of his 'inconsistency' towards Napoleon made in the Lectures...
The International Byron Societies 2017–2018
BYRON SOCIETY OF AMERICAWith sadness, we remember that, in late 2016, the BSA and the larger world of Byron studies lost two men of great importance: Charlie Robinson and J.B. Yount. Both were longtime BSA board members; Charlie had served as Executive...
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