When this book was published in 1945, interest in Byron’s poetry and appreciation of his titanic role in Romanticism had been steadily increasing. Of all his vast poetic production, Don Juan, the last and greatest of his major works, offers the highest rewards to the modern reader. It not only stands out among his poems as the best expression of Byron, but it ranks with the great poems of the nineteenth century as representative of the era, and of modern European civilization. This title will be of interest to students of literature.
Table of Contents
1. "Against the Wind" 2. "A Versified Aurora Borealis" 3. "Epic Satire" 4. Don Juanism 5. "Love-Tempest-Travel-War" 6. Byron’s Library and His Reading 7. The Literary Background of Don Juan: Incidents 8. The Literary Background of Don Juan: Ideas 9. Conclusion; Notes; Selected List of Works Consulted; Index
Elizabeth French Boyd