Byron

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George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824) is regarded as one of Britain's greatest poets. As famous for his personality as he was for his poetry, he was rebellious, extravagant and controversial, his life peppered with scandal. First published in the English Men of Letters series in 1880, this biography by John Nichol (1833–94), who also wrote on Carlyle for the series, argues that while Byron did not shape the Romantic era, his work was still highly influential on his contemporaries. Setting Byron's work in an ...

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Byron: Essay from Critical Miscellanies

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George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824) is regarded as one of Britain's greatest poets. As famous for his personality as he was for his poetry, he was rebellious, extravagant and controversial, his life peppered with scandal. First published in the English Men of Letters series in 1880, this biography by John Nichol (1833–94), who also wrote on Carlyle for the series, argues that while Byron did not shape the Romantic era, his work was still highly influential on his contemporaries. Setting Byron's work in an historical context, Nichol shows how the society of his time both idolised him and condemned him as a moral outcast; he was also greatly admired for his efforts for the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire, during which he died. Nichol also discusses the creation of the 'Byronic hero', as much a reflection of Byron's flamboyant persona as an invented literary character.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477599839
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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John Nichol (8 September 1833 - 11 October 1894), was a Scottish literary academic, and the first Regius Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow.
Born in Montrose, Scotland, Nichol was the son of John Pringle Nichol, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. John Jr. studied first at Glasgow (1848-55) and then Balliol College, Oxford (1855-9) as a Snell Exhibitioner, graduating with a First-Class degree in Classics, Philosophy and Mathematics. After graduating, Nicholl remained at Oxford as a coach. With Albert Venn Dicey, Thomas Hill Green, Swinburne and others, he formed the Old Mortality Society for discussions on literary matters.
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1. Ancestry and family; 2. Early years and school-life. 1788–1808; 3. Cambridge, and first period of authorship - Hours of Idleness - Bards and Reviewers. 1808–9; 4. Two years of travel. 1809–11; 5. Life in London - correspondence with Scott and Moore - second period of authorship - Harold (I, II), and the Romances. 1811–5; 6. Marriage and separation - farewell to England. 1815–6; 7. Switzerland - Venice - third period of authorship - Harold (III, IV) – Manfred. 1816–20; 8. Ravenna - Countess Guiccioli - the dramas - Cain - Vision of Judgment. 1820–1; 9. Pisa - Genoa - The Liberal - Don Juan. 1821–3; 10. Politics - the Carbonari - expedition to Greece - death; 11. Characteristics, and place in literature.

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