Don Juan

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In this rambling, exuberant, conversational poem, the travels of Don Juan are used as a vehicle for some of the most lively and acute commentaries on human societies and behaviour in the language. The manner is what Goethe called 'a cultured comic language' - a genre which he regarded as not possible in German and which he felt Byron managed superbly. This edition is itself a significant contribution to Byron scholarship. The editors have been able to draw on their authoritative edition of the poem published by ...
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Overview

In this rambling, exuberant, conversational poem, the travels of Don Juan are used as a vehicle for some of the most lively and acute commentaries on human societies and behaviour in the language. The manner is what Goethe called 'a cultured comic language' - a genre which he regarded as not possible in German and which he felt Byron managed superbly. This edition is itself a significant contribution to Byron scholarship. The editors have been able to draw on their authoritative edition of the poem published by the University of Texas Press. The extensive annotation covers points of difficulty, selected variant readings and a mass of information on the historical allusions which Byron wove into the poem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424522
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 371,020
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

George Gordon, afterwards Lord Byron, was born in London in 1788. He inherited the title and seat at Newstead Abbey, but little money, in 1798. His first poems were written at Harrow before he proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, acquiring a reputation for high living. He published two volumes, Fugitive Pieces and Hours of Idleness, in 1807, but they attracted criticism. After a Mediterranean tour, Byron completed the first two cantos of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which made him a celebrity on publication in 1812. Further poems were successful but the end of his brief and unsuitable marriage in 1816 led to scandal and Byron left England never to return. He went to Switzerland with Percy and Mary Shelley, then to Venice, where he completed Childe Harold, wrote Manfred and started Don Juan. He also corresponded with Goethe and became involved in the cause of Italian independence as his fame grew. Moving around the Mediterranean in 1822 he became actively involved in the movement for Greek independence from Turkey, becoming one of its political and naval leaders. He contracted rheumatic fever from a severe chill in an open boat, and died in April 1824. His heart was buried in Greece, his body at Newstead after Westminster Abbey refused it.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Genesis of the Poem 7
This Edition 10
Acknowledgements 15
Reprints 1977, 1982 15
Table of Dates 17
Further Reading 26
Motto to Cantos I-V 35
Preface to Cantos I and II 37
Dedication 41
Canto I 46
Canto II 102
Canto III 157
Canto IV 189
Canto V 219
Motto to Cantos VI-XVI 259
Preface to Cantos VI-VIII 261
Canto VI 264
Canto VII 295
Canto VIII 317
Canto IX 353
Canto X 375
Canto XI 397
Canto XII 420
Canto XIII 443
Canto XIV 471
Canto XV 497
Canto XVI 522
Canto XVII 555
Notes 559
Abbreviations 561
Appendix 756
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