To celebrate the bicentenary of the first publication of Byron’s “Don Juan” on 15 July 1819, I’ll be releasing an annotated and narrated version of Cantos I + II on 27 June, 2019.
The Annotated text comprises some 120 pages of Byron’s poetry, with notes, that you can view in any PDF reader. The narration comprises about 3:20 hours of audio that will play in any audio player, including your web-browser.
The notes comprise tidbits of Byronic biography; background to some of his jokes and jibes, where the targets are no longer obvious; occasional comments on the poetry, and; details of the poisonous politics of the second decade of the nineteenth century. The illustrations are no racier than the poetry; but no more innocent than they need to be.
Please come back here on 27 June to download your copy of the Annotated and Narrated Cantos.