"Elfenbein does a masterful job of examining these phenomena and demonstrating the way Victorian writers had to define themselves in relation to Byron....The book is fascinating, well-argued, well-supported, and thoroughly developed within the parameters of its topic." European Romantic Review
"An important contribution to 19th-century studies." Choice
"This is a very readable book that can be recommended to anyone interested in the intricate ways that one literary figure influences another." Studies in English Literature
"...an impressive study..." Robert F. Gleckner, The Wordworth Circle
This book is about the influence of Byron, the most famous British poet of the early nineteenth century, on later nineteenth-century writers. Byron's fame depended on the assumption that he and his heroes were identical: the author of this book argues that he was the first modern celebrity. He discusses Byron's influence on six Victorian authors: Carlyle, Emily Brontë, Tennyson, Bulwer-Lytton, Disraeli, and Wilde. The discussions concentrate on issues of class, gender, popularity and sexuality.