Critical Lives: Byron

Critical Lives: Byron (Reaktion Books, 2023)

A concise, clear-eyed account of the flamboyant poet Byron's life and work.

In this new book, David Ellis traces Byron's life from rented lodgings in Aberdeen to the crumbling splendours of Newstead Abbey and then on to his grand tour of the East. Describing his exile from England after a disastrous marriage, and subsequent travels in Italy and Greece, he shows how completely Byron's experiences coloured his writings, drawing out the tension between the 'serious' works (Childe Harold, The Corsair) and his more comic writings. Although the former brought him early fame and fortune, it is the latter which now seem most worthwhile. Byron is a fresh, concise and clear-eyed account of the flamboyant poet's life and work.

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