Bad Lord Byron

You know, of course, that there’s a lot of pathet­ic rub­bish that pre­tends to be a Byron­ic doc­u­ment, hop­ing to bor­row a lit­tle of the pop­u­lar lus­tre our author still enjoys. This 1949 film is…

Skin in the Game

John Murray’s rec­om­men­da­tions to Byron deserve more respect as evi­dence of the pub­lish­ing envi­ron­ment and not just of his own dis­po­si­tion. After all, he had “skin in the game”.

Early reception of Don Juan

When the first two Can­tos of Don Juan appeared on 15 July, 1819, read­ers imme­di­ate­ly guessed — many had antic­i­pat­ed — the the author­ship. The next day, the Morn­ing Post car­ried a brief arti­cle sub-titled…

England in 1819–20

A sec­tion of the pref­ace to my Anno­tat­ed Can­tos I & II (with audio nar­ra­tion) planned for the bi-cen­te­­nary of Don Juan in 2019. The first two can­tos of Don Juan were pub­lished in July,…

Matthew Arnold on Byron

Anoth­er sec­tion of the pref­ace to my Anno­tat­ed Can­tos I & II (with audio nar­ra­tion) planned for the bi-cen­te­nary of Don Juan in 2019 The pop­u­lar­i­ty of Byron’s poet­ry even today owes much to an…

The Comet and the Bomb

This arti­cle was orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed as a draft of an intro­duc­tion to the “Bicen­ten­ni­al” edi­tion of Can­tos I & II that I have now post­ed. I decid­ed not to use it there but I want…