It is his clear-sightedness, his candour, his steely strength of will, the immediacy of his writing, his insolence and cynicism, his love of liberty, his hatred of hypocrisy, his originality, his rational enlightened toughness which attached Byron to the present age as much as to his own. Leslie Marchand's profound knowledge of his subject is unrivalled. His superb biography gives us an engrossing and utterly convincing portrait of a genius - a man who more than any other, fulfilled in his brillance, passion and creativity, the ideal of the Romantic Hero. One cannot but be won over by the sensitive, infinitely complex which Leslie Marchand uncovers...he gives us the essential Byron. . The spell of this strange, unquiet, blazingly honest and infinitely endearing man, is powerful ' Selina Hastings. Daily Telegraph.
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Professor Marchand has added some new material to his "condensed, rewritten version" of his original three volume presentation in 1957. At the time of its original appearance, the book was highly praised for its judicious view of the man and its exemplary scholarship. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Leslie A. Marchand
Leslie Marchand studied at the Universities of Washington and Columbia, the Sorbonne and the University of Munich. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Rutgers University. His publications include The Athenaeum: A Mirror of Victorian Culture, Byron's Poetry: A Critical Introduction; and, as editor, Selected Poetry of Lord Byron, Byron's 'Don Juan' and Byron's Letters and Journals (12 vols).