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The Art of EloquenceByron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce$
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Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.001.0001

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Byron's Hearing

Byron's Hearing

(p.29) 1 Byron's Hearing
The Art of Eloquence

Matthew Bevis (Contributor Webpage)

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Byron was born in the year that The Times came into existence (1788), and he was an avid reader of the oratory that commanded unprecedented space in the early 19th-century newspapers. He was also the first popular writer in these new historical circumstances to have trained for and begun a career in parliament, and thus provides a valuable starting-point. This chapter examines his engagements with Whig, Tory, and radical oratory in his speeches and poetry, and ends by looking in detail at the biggest-selling literary work of the Romantic period, Don Juan (1818-24).

Keywords:   career in parliament, Whig, Tory, radical, Romantic period, Don Juan

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