"Byron: A Life" ( Leslie Marchand ) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Byron: A Life" ( Leslie Marchand )
A critical review of the biography of the 18th Century-19th Century English poet Lord Byron.
# 22351 | 2,025 words | 1 source | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)


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"Leslie A. Marchand's Bryon: A Life (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957)


Marchand's biography of George Gordon offers a full-bodied and accurate literary portrait of one of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England's most elusive and legendary figures, Lord Bryon (1788-1824), the poet. In attempting to synthesize a life grown large by legend, Marchand in his "Preface" quotes Bryon's quip "I am such a strange melange of good and evil that it would be difficult to describe me" (p. vii). Taunted by this challenge, Marchand establishes for himself the task of assessing Bryon's psyche, revealing him to be not necessarily more inconsistent than most individuals, but ..."

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