Byron: A Life in Ten Letters - Book presentation on 19 June at 5 pm

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 17:00

Please note that this event has now sold out.

On Wednesday 19 June at 5 p.m. the Keats-Shelley House is pleased to invite you to the presentation of a new biography of Lord Byron, Byron: A Life in Ten Letters, by Prof. Andrew Stauffer in conversation with Prof. Greg Kucich (Notre Dame) and Prof. Jeffrey Cox (Colorado), who are both co-organizers of Byron and the Mediterranean "Cult of the South", a Bicentenneial Symposium that will take place in Rome between 20-22 June 2024. 


The biography has been called “the best short introduction to Byron available” (Jane Stabler), “Compelling, charming, and pleasingly scandal-packed” (Emily Brand), and “A delightful read” (Robert James Byron, 13th Baron Byron).

Lord Byron was the most celebrated of all the Romantic poets. Troubled, handsome, sexually fluid, disabled, and transgressive, he wrote his way to international fame – and scandal – before finding a kind of redemption in the Greek Revolution. He also left behind the vast trove of thrilling letters (to friends, relatives, lovers, and more) that form the core of this remarkable biography. Published to coincide with the bicentennial of Byron’s death, Stauffer’s biography explores the poet’s life and work through some of his best, most resonant correspondence. Each chapter opens with Byron’s own voice, followed by a vivid account of the emotions and experiences that letter touches. This gripping biography traces the meteoric trajectory of a poet whose brilliance shook the world and whose legacy continues to shape art and culture to this day. 

Admission is Free, but booking is required due to the limited number of seats. Please write to

Andrew Stauffer is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Virginia and the President of the Byron Society of America. He is the author of Byron: A Life in Ten Letters (Cambridge, 2024) and the co-editor of Lord Byron: Selected Writings (Oxford, 2023). He has edited the Norton Critical Edition of Robert Browning’s Poetry and the Broadview edition of H. Rider Haggard’s She: A History of Adventure. His other books include Book Traces: Nineteenth-Century Readers and the Future of the Library (Penn, 2021), which won the inaugural Marilyn Gaull Award, given by the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association for best book in Romantic studies, and Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism (Cambridge, 2005). 


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