The Cambridge Introduction to Byron

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Author of the most influential long poem of its era (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) and the funniest long poem in European literature (Don Juan), Lord Byron was also the literary superstar of Romanticism, whose effect on nineteenth-century writers, artists, musicians and politicians – but also everyday readers – was second to none. His poems seduced and scandalized readers, and his life and legend were correspondingly magnetic, given added force by his early death in the Greek War of Independence. This introduction ...
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Overview

Author of the most influential long poem of its era (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) and the funniest long poem in European literature (Don Juan), Lord Byron was also the literary superstar of Romanticism, whose effect on nineteenth-century writers, artists, musicians and politicians – but also everyday readers – was second to none. His poems seduced and scandalized readers, and his life and legend were correspondingly magnetic, given added force by his early death in the Greek War of Independence. This introduction compresses his extraordinary life to manageable proportions and gives readers a firm set of contexts in the politics, warfare, and Romantic ideology of Byron's era. It offers a guide to the main themes in his wide-ranging oeuvre, from the early poems that made him famous (and infamous) overnight, to his narrative tales, dramas and the comic epic left incomplete at his death.
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"Though Byron speaks to us and our moment, his poetry is just as complex and often as elusive as the writer himself. Fortunately, Richard Lansdown's superb contribution to the Cambridge Introductions to Literature series now comes to our aid. As intricate as its object of scrutiny, this concise primer offers a comprehensive roadmap for students, beginning Byron scholars, and lecturers."
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"Richard Lansdown’s sharp, lively introduction to Byron ‘compresses his extraordinary life to manageable proportions’ … offering concise accounts of key contexts as well as works."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521111331
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Literature
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lansdown is Associate Professor of English at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Life; 2. Context; 3. The letters and journals; 4. The Poet as pilgrim; 5. The Orient and the outcast; 6. Four philosophical tales; 7. Histories and mysteries; 8. Don Juan; 9. Afterword; Further reading; Index.
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