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Byron's European Impact

Author(s): Peter Cochran

Book Description

The works of Lord Byron and his friend Sir Walter Scott had an influence on European literature which was immediate and profound. Peter Cochran’s book charts that influence on France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Russia, with individual chapters on Goethe, Pushkin, and Baudelaire – and one special chapter on Ibsen, who called Peer Gynt his Manfred.

Cochran shows that, although Byron’s best work is his satirical writing, which is aimed in part at his earlier “romantic” material and its readership, his self-correction was not taken on board by many European writers (Pushkin being the exception), and it was the gloomy Byronic Heroes who held sway. These were often read as revolutionaries, but were in fact dead-end. It was a mythical, not a literary Byron whom people thought they had read.

The book ends with chapters on three British writers who seem at last to have read Byron, in their different ways, accurately – Eliot, Joyce, and Yeats.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7541-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7541-4
Date of Publication: 01/05/2015
Pages / Size: 550 / A5
Price: £62.99


Peter Cochran is famous as an international Byron scholar. He has lectured on Byron throughout the Northern hemisphere, and his online edition of Byron’s poems and correspondence is much consulted. This is the eighteenth book he has published on Byron.