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The Book of Byron and the Book of a World

Jerome J. McGann

in The Beauty of Inflections

Published in print August 1988 | ISBN: 9780198117506
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117506.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Book of Byron and the Book of a World

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All of Lord Byron's works, and especially his published books, exhibit intersections of different kinds. His bibliography is more than a scholar's guide and resource, it is also a graphic display of his life in books, and of the extension of his life through books. The piracies, the huge number of translations, and the numerous printings all attest and perpetuate the poetic explorations of reality which he initially set in motion. In 1822, Byron transforms Don Juan into a book of the European world, a comprehensive survey and explanation of the principal phases of the epoch 1789–1824. Don Juan is also the Book of Byron because he is its hero, because the poem gives the reader a history of 1789–1824 which is set and framed, at all points, in terms of Byron's history.

Keywords: Lord Byron; Romantic Poet; Don Juan; Oriental Tales

Chapter.  14944 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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