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Byron a Literary Life: A Literary Life

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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)
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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312231521
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Literary Lives Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Franklin is Senior Lecturer in English at University of Wales, Swansea.

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Table of Contents

Prelude: Byron's Gothic Inheritance * The Noble Poet and "the Trade" * The Traveler from the East Meets the "Emperor of the West" * The Acting of Tragedy and the Tragedy of Acting * From Pilgrim to Patriot * The Bookseller to the Admiralty and the Board of Longitude Beset by Pirates * The Eagle, the Wren and the Snake

Prelude: Byron's Gothic Inheritance * The Noble Poet and "the Trade" * The Traveler from the East Meets the "Emperor of the West" * The Acting of Tragedy and the Tragedy of Acting * From Pilgrim to Patriot * The Bookseller to the Admiralty and the Board of Longitude Beset by Pirates * The Eagle, the Wren and the Snake

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