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Lord Byron: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – November 15, 2008
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Jerome J. McGann is Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Romantic period, including Towards a Literature of Knowledge and the Oxford Authors Byron.
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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 ›
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Have not really got into this but I am sure it really goodPublished 11 months ago by Lesley Oliverio
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
If you like Lord Byron's writings you'll love this book. I bought this because I had lost another book which was about the same. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by bilbo
The book got here in a speedy manner and made my husband's birthday complete! Thank you! A very happy customer!Published on June 13, 2011 by Jennifer Smith