An announcement

Pages of the “Anno­tat­ed Don Juan, Can­tos I + II” Avail­able for down­load on 27 June.

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.


  1. I’m very much look­ing for­ward to this.
    Peter is the best read­er of Byron one could ever hope for.

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