What would have become of Juan

Don Juan is unfin­ished. At the end of the last com­plet­ed Can­to (XVI), Juan is in the midst of an amorous mid­night tan­gle with a “ghost” in the gallery of a restored Eng­lish Abbey (Byron’s…

The Dedication to Don Juan

A ded­i­ca­tion?! For an Epic?? Not the usu­al style. But how typ­i­cal of Byron to ded­i­cate his poem to some­one he hates: the Poet Lau­re­ate, Robert Southey! The illus­trat­ed audio-iBook of Don Juan — avail­able…

The peculiar trajectory of Canto III (Don Juan)

This is an intrigu­ing Can­to. It con­tains one of Byrons great­est char­ac­ters — the pirate Lam­bro, mod­elled (prob­a­bly) on Ali Pasha — and some of his best-known verse. Yet, it has a weak­er-than-usu­al nar­ra­tive struc­ture,…

An unsurpassable poem

Amit Maj­mu­dar in the Keny­on Review: At this point I should insist that, if you haven’t read Don Juan, please put it on the top of your list. Just as it was a cor­rec­tive for…

Annotated Canto III of Don Juan

Here’s a down­load for Byron fans. An illus­trat­ed, anno­tat­ed Can­to III of Don Juan. This project went into the freez­er for a cou­ple of years after the pub­li­ca­tion of the audio-book of Can­to One. Alas,…

Byron and Shelley as Vampires?

Implau­si­ble? For Regency rev­o­lu­tion­ary heroes, who knows? The image of the Vam­pire loom­ing over the inert body of his/her vic­tim in an inti­mate exchange of body flu­ids is a clas­sic kind of Roman­tic fan­ta­sy. I’ve…

Live on the iBooks store

The illus­trat­ed audio e‑book of Can­to One of Don Juan is now avail­able on 32 nation­al iBooks stores. Two hours of audio, more than twen­ty full-page illus­tra­tions and the text of both the Ded­i­ca­tion and…

Don Juan, Canto One

Selec­tions from the the illustrations,verse and audio of a new e‑book ver­sion of Byrons’ com­ic mas­ter­piece, Don Juan”: avail­able in the Apple iBooks store from Sep­tem­ber 2012, for the iPad and iPhone. You can down­load…

Dedication

1 & 2 Bob Southey! You’re a poet, poet lau­re­ate, And rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all the race. Although ’tis true that you turned out a Tory at Last, yours has late­ly been a com­mon case. And…

They lived respectably as man and wife

26 Don Jóse and the Don­na Inez led For some time an unhap­py sort of life, Wish­ing each oth­er, not divorced, but dead. They lived respectably as man and wife, Their con­duct was exceed­ing­ly well-bred…