Members of the Byron Society receive the Byron Journal as part of
their membership. This year the society sent out the journal in two
parts. The essays are by scholars from all over the world.
These articles do not appear to have a theme and range from comments on
Sully's portrait of Byron to Campbell: a note on the Evidence of
Asterisks. I thought I had seen all the controversy about B yron but had
never even known that Campbell write a defence of Lady Byron in 1830 in
which his use of asterisks left all of Byron's sins to their imaginations.
According to Jane stabler's essay, while the asterisks in the published
letter allowed all sorts of readings to be read into them, the omitted
words were more heartless than evidence of sexual sin.
Lady Byron said that Byron wrote her a very cold and unfeeling letter ,
telling her to pack and journey 100 miles when six months pregnant.
Then when she had the child , he came and heartlessly told her he hoped
her mother died of the complaint which kept her from her daughter.
[I would use an asterisk but am afraid too :-( .] Did her mother come
when the child was born? I thought Lady Byron was taking the child to
see her parents because neither had been able to be with her in her
They always include book reviews of works pertaining to Byron and fellow
Lady Caroline Lamb by Paul Douglass. The authoritative book on this
often marginalized character.
Byron's Othered Self and Voice: Conceptualizing the Homographic
Signature by Abigail Keegan.
Keegan says that having to hide homosexuality influenced how Byron wrote.
The reviewer says that the fault in the book is the deference paid to
Foucault and his theory that there is no self.
Also presents him in terms of "Queer theory."
I must say that it is hard to see Byron as not having a self.
Atara Stein has a book on The Byronic Hero in Film Fiction and
television which I probably could understand even if I had not seen the
Brian Cooney, the reviewer is not all together pleased with the depth
of some comments.
Emma, by the Duchess of Devonshire
Mary Wollstonecraft: A Literary Life
Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth Century Britain: From Mary Shelley
to George Eliot.
Lady Anne Blunt: A biography by H.V.F. of B yron's granddaughter
buried in Arabia. She was married to William Scawen Blunt whom the
reviewer calls "despotic, satanic poet"
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