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George Gordon, the sixth Lord Byron (1788–1824), was one of the most celebrated poets of the Romantic period, as well as a peer, politician and global celebrity, famed not only for his verse, but for his controversial lifestyle and involvement in the Greek War of Independence. In thirty-seven concise, accessible essays, by leading international scholars, this volume explores the social and intertextual relationships that informed Byron's writing; the geopolitical contexts in which he travelled, lived and worked; the cultural and philosophical movements that influenced changing outlooks on religion, science, modern society and sexuality; the dramatic landscape of war, conflict and upheaval that shaped Napoleonic and post-Napoleonic Europe and Regency Britain; and the diverse cultures of reception that mark the ongoing Byron phenomenon as a living ecology in the twenty-first century. This volume illuminates how we might think of Byron in context, but also as a context in his own right.


‘Byron in Context offers sharp distillations of the biographical, political, and cultural contexts of Byron’s work. The volume also takes literary history and reception studies as crucial contexts for understanding Byron.’

J. Risinger Source: Choice

‘… this book is a fine achievement that will provide a route into studying Byron for students and also give new insights for scholars in the field.’

Jonathon Shears Source: The BARS Review

‘Ultimately, though, Callaghan has hit upon an interesting point of convergence between Byron and Shelley with her discussion of the poet-hero. She is a great reader of poetry, and I learned a lot from her analyses of specific stanzas and lines in both Byron’s and Shelley’s works.’

Alexander Grammatikos Source: European Romantic Review

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