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Alongside Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron possesses a star-quality unlike other classic British authors. His life as poet, philanderer, homosexual, and freedom fighter is legendary, and this new selection from his powerful letters and journals tells the story from the inside, in Byron's own racy and passionate style. Though Byron is chiefly kno Alongside Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron possesses a star-quality unlike other classic British authors. His life as poet, philanderer, homosexual, and freedom fighter is legendary, and this new selection from his powerful letters and journals tells the story from the inside, in Byron's own racy and passionate style. Though Byron is chiefly known as a poet, his letters and journals are one of the glories of English prose literature, and one of the greatest British acts of autobiography, alongside Pepys' Diary and Boswell's Journal. This new selection, taken from the authoritative and unbowdlerized edition prepared by Leslie Marchand in the 1970s, not only provides the cream of his informal prose; it amounts to a biography in Byron's own words. No other English writer lived so remarkable an existence, from rented rooms in Aberdeen to a Nottinghamshire peerage, from European fame to English infamy, and notorious Italian exile to a glorious death in the Greek War of Independence.The letters and journals are selected, introduced, and annotated to provide a running narrative of the life and career of his remarkable man in his own unmistakable words.


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Alongside Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron possesses a star-quality unlike other classic British authors. His life as poet, philanderer, homosexual, and freedom fighter is legendary, and this new selection from his powerful letters and journals tells the story from the inside, in Byron's own racy and passionate style. Though Byron is chiefly kno Alongside Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron possesses a star-quality unlike other classic British authors. His life as poet, philanderer, homosexual, and freedom fighter is legendary, and this new selection from his powerful letters and journals tells the story from the inside, in Byron's own racy and passionate style. Though Byron is chiefly known as a poet, his letters and journals are one of the glories of English prose literature, and one of the greatest British acts of autobiography, alongside Pepys' Diary and Boswell's Journal. This new selection, taken from the authoritative and unbowdlerized edition prepared by Leslie Marchand in the 1970s, not only provides the cream of his informal prose; it amounts to a biography in Byron's own words. No other English writer lived so remarkable an existence, from rented rooms in Aberdeen to a Nottinghamshire peerage, from European fame to English infamy, and notorious Italian exile to a glorious death in the Greek War of Independence.The letters and journals are selected, introduced, and annotated to provide a running narrative of the life and career of his remarkable man in his own unmistakable words.

35 review for Byron's Letters and Journals: A New Selection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Bozza

    Heavens! I've been reading this volume in bits and pieces for a year. I hadn't realised it was quite that long... The time period, I mean. Not the book. Or that. Ahem! As I've reflected via a status or two, I often find reading a volume of letters to be hard-going. Not sure why that is. One possible reason: I was never the intended audience, so it wasn't written for me or my easy comprehension. Another: They are probably more densely stuffed with content than most other written communication. And Heavens! I've been reading this volume in bits and pieces for a year. I hadn't realised it was quite that long... The time period, I mean. Not the book. Or that. Ahem! As I've reflected via a status or two, I often find reading a volume of letters to be hard-going. Not sure why that is. One possible reason: I was never the intended audience, so it wasn't written for me or my easy comprehension. Another: They are probably more densely stuffed with content than most other written communication. And I think I had a third idea floating around here vaguely, but it escapes me. Anyway! With this volume, I did pick up speed and engagement once Byron reached Venice. I have noticed this with a biography of him, too. Perhaps I feel he was most happily himself in Italy (and Greece)? Or he's grown old enough and wise enough by then to write more interestingly? Or I am just imagining things, of course. Byron's letters and journals paint a vivid self-portrait, and have a terrific value in that regard, as well as illuminating some of the people and places around him. They are at times very amusing and LOL-worthy, often dramatic, and occasionally very touching. There are things he couldn't or wouldn't write openly about in letters or in journals meant for sharing, which makes it a damned shame that his surviving friends burned his personal memoirs. The contents of this book are broken into sections based on the places he lived, the poems he wrote, and the women he loved. Each section is prefaced with a couple of pages of biographical information about that period. Sometimes this has a spoiler effect on the letters, which is a pity. But these pages were very well written, and were refreshingly straight to the point. I suppose they needed to be succinct, and so stated rather than argued, but as I agreed with the portrait, I was happy enough for that. I don't know if I will ever read these letters in full again, but this fine volume will sit proudly in my Romantics bookcase, and maybe I'll pull it out every now and then to caress careful fingertips across the sensual paper... This is a finely made book; the editor and publishers did Byron proud.

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