Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) | First Editions

1788 - 1824

George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as 'Lord Byron', was an English poet, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. He produced a wealth of works, from the sexual, to the mystical, to the apocalyptic. Among his best-known pieces are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty".

Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets of all time, and remains widely read and influential - particularly in the West, where he is considered canon. Throughout his lifetime, Byron travelled widley across Europe, and lived in Italy for seven years. He became a national hero in Greece after joining the Greek War of Independence in fighting the Ottoman Empire.

Often considered the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantic figures, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in his lifetime. His raw sexuality, aristocratic excesses, hedonistic nature, and numerous love affairs (with both men and women), as well as rumours of a scandalous relationship with his half-sister sent Byron into self-imposed exile.

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