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Lord Byron

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Lord Byron

  1. 1. George Gordon, Lord Byron: 1788-1824 <ul><li>Acquires his title at age 10 from his great-uncle the “Wicked Lord Byron.” </li></ul><ul><li>Moves with his mother to Newstead Abbey, near Nottingham </li></ul><ul><li>1801: attends Harrow </li></ul><ul><li>1805: Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>Meets his half sister Augusta during this period. </li></ul><ul><li>1807: First volume of poetry Hours of Idleness. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Byron: 1807-1815 <ul><li>1807: Byron departs on his grand tour—to Lisbon, Spain, Greece and Albania. Begins work on Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage . </li></ul><ul><li>1810: Visits Turkey. </li></ul><ul><li>1811: At 24, Byron returns to London. </li></ul><ul><li>1812: The first two cantos of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage published. </li></ul><ul><li>1814: The Corsair </li></ul><ul><li>1815: Hebrew Melodies </li></ul>
  3. 3. The “mad-bad- and dangerous” Lord Byron <ul><li>Liaisons with Lady Caroline Lamb; Lady Oxford. </li></ul><ul><li>Scandal and gossip about his relationship with Augusta, whose child is named Medora (heroine of The Corsair ). </li></ul><ul><li>1815: Marries Annabella Milbanke. </li></ul><ul><li>Annabella leaves a few weeks after the birth of Augusta Ada </li></ul>
  4. 4. Byron: 1816-1819 <ul><li>1816: Byron settles in Geneva, near Percy and Mary Shelley, and Claire Clairmont. </li></ul><ul><li>1817: begins work on Manfred . Leaves for Venice. Continues work on the third and fourth cantos of Childe Harold . </li></ul><ul><li>Sells Newstead Abbey for £ 94,500 </li></ul><ul><li>1819: First two cantos of Don Juan . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Byron: 1819-1824 <ul><li>1819: Meets Countess Teresa Guiccioli and her Carbonari family. </li></ul><ul><li>1821: Publishes another mystery play, Cain . </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Southey follows with his comment on “the Satanic School.” </li></ul><ul><li>Byron publishes The Vision of Judgment a rebuttal to Southey. </li></ul><ul><li>1823: Joins the Greek war of independence. </li></ul><ul><li>Falls ill in 1824 and dies in April at the age of 36. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Byronic Hero <ul><li>Goethe’s Faust Part one is published in 1808. </li></ul><ul><li>In Geneva, Byron meets M.G. Lewis author of The Monk who translates Faust. </li></ul><ul><li>Part Two of Goethe’s Faust is published posthumously in 1832. </li></ul><ul><li>The figure of Goethe’s Euphorion is based on Byron. </li></ul><ul><li>Goethe: “Byron is not antique and is not romantic, but he is the present day itself. Such a one I had to have. Moreover, he was just my man on account of his unsatisfied nature and of his warlike bent, which led him to his doom at Missolonghi.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lady Caroline Lamb
  8. 8. Lady Augusta Leigh
  9. 9. Annabella Milbanke
  10. 10. Augusta Ada Byron (remembered as the first computer programmer.)
  11. 11. Countess Teresa Guccioli

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