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Lord Byron: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – November 15, 2008
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Now, granted, perhaps what's available here in the Oxford Edition will be enough for many readers, and it does still provide its usual advantages in paper, printing, font, notes, and intros. Byron was incredibly prolific, but like most prolific poets he tended to produce more bad poetry than good/great poetry. It's just a numbers thing; writing great poetry takes time and attention to small details. It's why it took Milton years to write Paradise Lost at a rate of 40-or-so lines a day. Every detail had to be worked out. At Byron's best he was as good as anybody, and his skill combined with his unique philosophical worldview makes him endlessly provocative, compelling, and readable, even at his worst.Read more ›
This book claims to contain most of Lord Byron's major works and it certainly is a full volume, weighing in at over 1000 pages in paperback format. The larger works include the above-mentioned Pilgrimage and Don Juan. These take up at least 700 pages themselves. The remaining space is occupied by Manfred - a rather Nietzschean work about a magician; the Giaour - a tale of unrepentant love and loss; Mazeppa - a story of a man whose fortunes fall and rise dramatically; Beppo - a Venetian affaire de cour; Cain - an intense retelling of the biblical tale with Manichean overtones, and assorted shorter poems. There are also fifty pages of assorted correspondence with various individuals. The book comes equipped with a very short introduction (for a book of 1000 pages), a chronology of Byron's life, an index and end notes. There is very little in the way of explanation of why pieces are included and the end notes are mostly helpful but often explain the obvious while leaving the obscure, obscure. If you like books that contain no analysis, this is for you, but if you want things explained you will do better with something else.Read more ›
The Major Works
Oxford University Press, Paperback, .
8vo. xxviii+1080 pp. Introduction [xi-xxiii] and Notes [1021-76] by Jerome J. McGann, 1986.
This edition first published, 1986.
First published, with revisions, as an Oxford World's Classics paperback, 2000. Reprinted, 2008.
Note on the Text
A Fragment (`When, to their airy hall, my fathers' voice')
The Farewell to a Lady
From "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers"
[Lines to Mr Hodgson]
Song (`Maid of Athens, ere we part')
Written Beneath a Picture
To Thyrza (`One struggle more, and I am free')
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
From "The Corsair"
Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte
Stanzas for Music (`I speak not - I trace not - I breathe not thy name')
She Walks in Beauty
Stanzas for Music (`There's not a joy the world can give')
When We Two Parted
Fare Thee Well!
[A Fragment] (`Could I remount the river of my years')
Stanzas to [Augusta]
[Epistle to Augusta]
[`So, We'll Go No More A Roving']
[Epistle to Mr Murray]
To the Po
[Stanzas] (`Could Love for ever')
[Stanzas] (`When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home')
The Vision of Judgment
[Thoughts on Freedom]
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year
LETTERS AND OTHER PROSE
To Mrs Catherine Gordon Byron, 12 Nov. 1809
To Lady Melbourne, 15 Sept. 1812
To Lady Melbourne, 25 Sept. 1812
To Lady Melbourne, 8 Oct. 1813
Alpine Journal (1816)
To Augusta Leigh, 15 Oct.Read more ›
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Have not really got into this but I am sure it really goodPublished 5 months ago by Lesley Oliverio
The edition is fine, paper good enough to scribble in the margins, the binding surprising sturdy for someone planning a read through the major works. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marcus Aurelius
Lord Byron is perhaps the greatest poet of all time and one of the most provocative individuals to have strode this planet. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Douglas
An excellent publication, and poet. It's good to have so many of Byron's works in one book. I highly recommend it!Published on February 5, 2014 by Judith D.
The best reference book for Lord Byron I have seen or ever will. A book worthy for professional teaching or for the pleasure of a dedicated fan of this Mans works and poetry.Published on October 10, 2013 by Camille R
Considering the year Byron was born and the actual years that he spent writing, this book is very easy to read. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by LuLu
The book-length Penguin of "Don Juan" doubtless has fuller notes, but its editors' liberties with punctuation make McGann's text in this Oxford edition indispensable. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Andy Lowry