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Byron's Historical Dramas

Richard Lansdown


Byron's poetic reputation was established in his comic epic Don Juan and its cognates Beppo and The Vision of Judgment. Poems lying outside this group are still regarded with some uncertainty. This study demonstrates that some of Byron's most deeply held critical and political convictions — but also certain aspects of his experience over which he had comparatively little conscious control — found expression in his historical dramas of 1820–21: Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, and The Two Foscari. In these plays we find Byron responding with the fullest degree of imaginative intelligence to his wo ... More

Keywords: Byron, poetic reputation, comic epic, cognates, poems, political convictions, Italian nationalist movement, Drury Lane, Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Lansdown, author
University of Tampere