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Don Juan : Penguin Classics - Lord Byron

Don Juan

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: October 2004
ISBN: 9780140424522
Number Of Pages: 784
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Byron s exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, beginning with his illicit love affair at the age of sixteen in his native Spain and his subsequent exile to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favourite of the Empress Catherine who sends him on to England. Written entirely in ottava rima stanza form, Byron's Don Juan blends high drama with earthy humour, outrageous satire of his contemporaries (in particular Wordsworth and Southey) and sharp mockery of Western societies, with England coming under particular attack.

About The Author

George Gordon Byron was born on 22 January 1788 and inherited the barony in 1798. He gained a reputation for his startling good looks and extravagant behaviour, and on the publication of 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' became famous overnight. In 1815 he married Annabella Millbanke, but they were separated after a year. The rumoured relationship with his half-sister Augusta led him to leave England in 1816. He eventually settled in Italy and supported Italian revolutionary movements, and in 1823 left to fight for Greek independence. He contracted fever and died in 1824.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Editors' notep. xxix
Table of Datesp. xxxvii
Further Readingp. xlvi
Motto to Cantos I-Vp. 35
Preface to Cantos I and IIp. 37
Dedicationp. 41
Canto Ip. 46
Canto IIp. 102
Canto IIIp. 157
Canto IVp. 189
Canto Vp. 219
Motto to Cantos VI-XVIp. 259
Preface to Cantos VI-VIIIp. 261
Canto VIp. 264
Canto VIIp. 295
Canto VIIIp. 317
Canto IXp. 353
Canto Xp. 375
Canto XIp. 397
Canto XIIp. 420
Canto XIIIp. 443
Canto XIVp. 471
Canto XVp. 497
Canto XVIp. 522
Canto XVIIp. 555
Notesp. 559
Abbreviationsp. 561
Appendixp. 756
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ISBN: 9780140424522
ISBN-10: 0140424520
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 784
Published: October 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

Lord Byron

About the Author

George Gordon Byron, who is usually referred to as Lord Byron, was a prominent British writer, most famous for the influence of his poetry on the romantic movement that originated in the eighteenth century. Byron was also the 6th Baron of the Byron family, hence his being known as Lord Byron. The title of Lord is typically given formally to a baron in England. He was born on January 22nd 1788 in London. Byron was to be one of the most illustrious poets of British literary history. Even though his writing style was quite classical, he would become one of the great figures of British Romanticism together with William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Shelley and Keats. Lord Byron’s best known works are not only the short poems She walks in beauty ; When We Two Parted ; and, So, we’ll go no more a roving, but also his two narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and, of course the more than famous Don Juan.

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