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Title:
Lord Byron
Author:
Graham, Peter W., 1951-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xix, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Byron's life and legend -- Lyric poems -- Satires -- Tales -- Dramatic poems -- Childe Harold's pilgramage and Don Juan.
ISBN:
9780805770650
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR4388 .G65 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.

Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.

Each volume features:

-- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works

-- A brief biography of the author

-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context

-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index

-- A readable style presented in a manageable length


Reviews 1

Choice Review

This recent volume in Twayne's series of literary criticism situates Byron and his literary achievements in various contexts: biographical, social, historical. Beginning with a brief but informative biographical chapter, Graham considers Byron's major poems according to literary genre. The author devotes separate chapters to Byron's lyric poetry, satires, tales, and dramatic poems. A final chapter addresses Byron's masterpieces, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Within each chapter, the author includes numerous excerpts from Byron's fascinating letters and journals, as well as recent textual and critical commentary on most of the major works. Graham's aim of attending to Byron's "image-making" provides a nice focus for each chapter, as he seeks to understand what made Byron one of the literary icons of his century. Although this book lacks the comprehensiveness of Leslie Marchand's Byron: A Biography (1957) or the intellectual depth of critical studies by Michael Cooke, Peter Manning, or Jerome McGann, it nevertheless achieves its purpose of providing the reader with a general introduction to the life and work of Lord Byron. Undergraduates will find it particularly useful. M. S. Johnston; Mankato State University


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