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Byron: A Portrait Paperback – November, 1979

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (T) (November 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226504360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226504360
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is fortunate that I have a copy of this book, but I would wish for it to be brought back into print for everyone's benefit, everyone being those who are interested in the life of Lord Byron, as well as the definitive "Romantic Hero." I have yet to see any biographies or criticism on Byron that have outdone any of Marchand's work. His painfully meticulous inquiry into Byron's life, as well as the lives of his associates, is second only to his vibrant way of weaving all of this information together to bring forth the portrait of Byron. This is not only a portrait of Byron, but one of the general Romantic Hero; anyone who is interested in the culture and history of this period of time, as well as Romanticism in general, would benefit intellectually from reading this book. If you wish to know more about Byron's role in the struggles for Greek independence, about the various rumors intertwined with Byron's love associations, about his interactions with the Shelley family, or about his personal quirks, then you will enjoy this book immensely. Luckily, Marchand is able to balance out his portrait without slipping into "gossip column writer mode."
In an age when academic types write books to show off theoretical knowledge or a large vocabulary, it is refreshing to see a book that relies more on actual knowledge rather than theory; indeed, the writing style is neither pedantic nor alienating. Readers who are not formal students of literature will feel more than comfortable with this book, while those who are engaged in formal scholarship will find this an enlightening example of pure and true scholarship.
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