Byron a Literary Life: A Literary Life

Byron a Literary Life: A Literary Life

by Caroline Franklin
     
 

This is the first biography of Byron to focus on the poet as a professional writer and the circumstances of literary production of his major poems. It shows how Byron related his writing to a perceived readership in his experimentation with genre and style; and negotiated with his publishers in establishing the bounds of his challenge to political, sexual, and

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This is the first biography of Byron to focus on the poet as a professional writer and the circumstances of literary production of his major poems. It shows how Byron related his writing to a perceived readership in his experimentation with genre and style; and negotiated with his publishers in establishing the bounds of his challenge to political, sexual, and religious conventions. His aristocratic status enabled him to combine the face-saving appearance of insouciant dilettantism with a writing practice as dedicatedly professional as that of novelists like Scott and Dickens.

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Booknews
Franklin (English, University of Wales) focuses on the poet specifically as a professional writer and on the historical circumstances of the literary production and reception of his major poems. She examines his phenomenal popularity and the cult of personality he instigated, and relates them to his textual self- representation. She describes his writing practices, illustrating the way he interacted with the literary world, and explores his literary friendships and feuds, and his collaborations with other writers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
A poorly structured academic discourse on the life of Lord Byron as a working poet and writer-focused on "those circumstances and interconnections which helped to bring texts into being in their particular historic moment."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312231521
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Literary Lives Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.92(d)

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