Poet, celebrity, and revolutionary, Lord (George Gordon) Byron was one of the most influential and controversial figures of the first half of the nineteenth century, his distinctive, deeply felt work comprising one of the enduring high points of Romantic literature. From “Manfred,” with its evocation of the figure that came to be called the “Byronic hero,” to the melancholy “Childe Harold,” to the satirical masterpiece “Don Juan” (presented here in judiciously selected form), this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes all of the essential Byron.
About the Author
Byron was a poet, born in London. He spent his first 10 years in poor surroundings, but then inherited his great uncles title and went to Dulwich, Harrow and Cambridge. An early collection of poem, Hours of Idleness was badly reviewed, which he then set on a grand tour, visiting Spain, Greece, and the Aegean. He then published the popular Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and became the darling of London Society. He gave active help to the Italian insurgents who had risen agaisnt the Turks. He died of a fever at Missolonghi.
The late Leslie A. Marchand was Professor of English, Emeritus, Rutgers University. For his lifelong work on Byron, he was given the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Award.
Thomas M. Disch is the author of such classic works of science fiction as "Camp Concentration, 334, The Brave Little Toaster, " and "On Wings of Song, " all of which are cited in David Pringle's "Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels." His criticism has appeared in the country's leading magazines and newspapers. His book "The Castle of Indolence" was a nominee for the National Book Critic Circle's Award in Criticism.
“His capricious imagination rises . . . to heights that none can reach without wings.”—Victor Hugo