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The Poetical Works of Lord Byron
London - John Murray 1854 - A collection of The Poetical Works of Lord Byron with illustrations to frontispiece and illustrated half titles and several fold-out facsimile letters and writings. In ten volumes complete. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (1788 - 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we'll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Byron wrote prolifically. In 1832 his publisher, John Murray, released the complete works in 14 duodecimo volumes, including a life by Thomas Moore. Subsequent editions were released in 17 volumes, first published a year later, in 1833. Byron's magnum opus, Don Juan, a poem spanning 17 cantos, ranks as one of the most important long poems published in England since John Milton's Paradise Lost. The masterpiece, often called the epic of its time, has roots deep in literary tradition and, although regarded by early Victorians as somewhat shocking, equally involves itself with its own contemporary world at all levels- social, political, literary and ideological. The figure of the Byronic hero pervades much of his work, and Byron himself is considered to epitomise many of the characteristics of this literary figure. Scholars have traced the literary history of the Byronic hero from John Milton, and many authors and artists of the Romantic movement show Byron's influence during the 19th century and beyond, including Charlotte and Emily Bront. The Byronic hero presents an idealised, but flawed character whose attributes include: great talent; great passion; a distaste for society and social institutions; a lack of respect for rank and privilege; being thwarted in love by social constraint or death; rebellion; exile; an unsavory secret past; arrogance; overconfidence or lack of foresight; and, ultimately, a self-destructive manner. Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. It has been speculated that he suffered from bipolar disorder, or manic depression. Previous owner's ink inscription to front of each volume. Booksellers label to rear pastedown to volume one. Condition: In contemporary calf bindings. Externally, generally smart but with slight wear to extremities, spine labels absent from volume one, occasional marks, stains and slight wear to boards. Front hingetender, rearstrained to volume one. Internally, firmly bound although with first few pages to volume one starting due to hinge. Generally bright and clean throughout but with slight foxing predominantlyto plates and to front and rear, the odd handling mark and with slight tidemarks to frontand rear to volume one. Overall: VERY GOOD [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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