Byron Journal vol. 41. #1 2013
- Sometimes some of the essays in the journal are too academic for my feeble brain. I did enjoy reading Hopps' "Gaiety and Grace: Byron and the Tone of Catholicism." Hopps spends some time suggesting a different interpretation of the "Ave Maria? verses in Don Juan.
Anne Falloon's essay on " Byron's Week in Middleton", gives a picture of a shy, young, awkward male. His diet is described as well.
"his voice is piano, and his voice also [....] He always wears long pantaloons of white linen, a long golden chain around his neck, and his shirt and frill are embroidered like a foreigner's"
"How old is Don Juan?" Is the Question of" Don Juan and the Dirty Scythe of time." I just realized ( yes, I know I am slow) bit All the other Don Juans are older men. Not necessarily old, just fully adult and well versed in seduction. They all had to start out some time, but I think Byron's creation is the youngest of the lot.
The Taming of Byron in the Netherlands appears to have something like the Bowdlerizing of Byron as a subtitle.
Several interesting books are reviewed including one on Beethoven.
One that appears very interesting is : Necromanticism: Traveling to Meet the Dead Alas, it is offered at £50.