1788-1824, one of the great English romantic poets. In
his life and in his poetry, Lord Byron epitomizes
Born with a clubfoot, he grew to be a
dark, handsome man, beloved by, but contemptuous of,
women. When an early work, Hours of Idleness (1807),
was ridiculed by the Edinburgh Review, he replied with
English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809), a satire that
made him famous.
His many love affairs before and after
his ill-fated marriage (1815-16) to Anne Isabella
Milbanke (notably with Lady Caroline Lamb, wife of
Viscount MELBOURNE, and Claire Clairmont,
SHELLEY's sister-in-law) made him notorious.
Byron settled in Venice in 1817. After wandering restlessly
about Europe, he died working for Greek independence.
Byron's writings include long romances and stories in
verse, e.g., Childe Harold (1812-18), The Bride of
Abydos (1813), The Corsair (1814), Manfred (1817),
Beppo (1818), and Mazeppa (1819); shorter works such
as The Prisoner of Chillon; and lyrics. His masterpiece is
Don Juan (1819-24), an epic-satire.
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