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BY JOHN NICHOLS AND J. C. JEAFFRESON.
With Illustrations Displaying Byron's Most Authentic Portraits and the Likenesses of his
COLLECTED AND ARRANGED WITH THE NOTES BY LORD BYRON;
Historical and other Notes, Fully Explanatory of the Jext.
A New Edition.
THE TEXT FROM THE LATEST LONDON EDITION.
By Kay, Westall, Harlowe, Saunders, Stone, Finden, and other Artists.
DAVID MCKAY, PUBLISHER,
HE gratifying success of the "Avon" edition of Shakespeare's works, and the constant public demand ever since for a continuance of this series of the Octavo Poets, has encouraged the publishers to bring out the present volume as the "Newstead Edition" of the Complete Works of Lord Byron.
In pursuance of the endeavor to issue a volume that will be most acceptable to American readers of the great poet-whose lot it was to be misunderstood during his life and misrepresented after his death-much fresh and interesting matter, appearing in no other edition of Byron's works, has been incorporated into the "Life" and the Notes, and many facts have been taken from publications printed during the present year. The portraits of Byron, his relatives and friends, which appear in the Life, have been selected with great care from family paintings or original miniatures. They are believed to be thoroughly reliable and authentic. In nearly every case the name of the artist is given with the picture.
While the text of the latest and best English editions has been followed, and the descriptive and historical notes of Lord Byron have been retained, the ponderous opinions of contemporaneous English reviewers have been eliminated; the American reader being abundantly able to draw his own conclusions of the merits of the poems without assistance from the literary critics of more than half a century ago.
The typographic arrangement of the "Avon Shakespeare" has been followed in the present volume-the Indexing of the contents of each page in verse, canto, scene, and act at the page-head, and the use of bold-faced type through the dramas; the use of which enables the student to see at a glance the salient points of the play.
In preparing the Alphabetical Index, the effort has been made to render that portion of the work exceedingly clear, both in typographical arrangement and the Comprehensiveness of the references to the text. Acknowledgments are here tendered to Messrs. Harper & Brothers, and to Messrs. James R. Osgood & Co., for courteous permission to use matter of Prof. Nichol's "Byron" and Jeaffreson's "The Real Lord Byron."
Born, in Holles Street, London
Succeeds to the family title.-Made a ward of chancery.)
Removed to London, and placed under care of Dr. Baillie.-Becomes pupil of Dr. Glennie at Dulwich
Is sent to Harrow School
Passes the vacation at Nottingham and Annesley.And forms an attachment to Miss Chaworth Leaves Harrow for Trinity College, Cambridge Prepares a collection of his Poems for the press Prints a volume of his Poems; but, at the entreaty of a friend, destroys the edition Publishes "Hours of Idleness."-Begins an epic, entitled "Bosworth Field."-Writes part of a novel Passes his time between the dissipations of Cambridge and London.-Takes up his residence at Newstead. Forms design of visiting India.-Engaged in preparing "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers" for press His coming of age celebrated at Newstead. Takes his seat in the House of Lords .
Issues English Bards and Scotch Reviewers' Engaged in preparing a second edition of English Bards" for the press
Leaves London on his travels, with Mr. Hobhouse Writes, on board the Lisbon packet, "Huzza! Hodgson, we are going!"
Sails from Falmouth.-7. Lands at Lisbon.-17. Leaves Lisbon for Seville and Cadiz
Arrives at Gibraltar.-19. Takes his departure for Malta Lands at Malta.-14. Writes "As o'er the cold sepulchral stone."-" Oh, Lady! when I left the shore." -21. Leaves Malta.-29. Lands at Previsa Proceeds to Solara, Arta, Joannina.-9. Leaves Joannina for Zitza.-Composes, during a thunder-storm, "Chill and mirk is the nightly blast."-11. Reaches Tepaleen.-12. Introduced to Ali Pacha.-26. Returns to Joannina.-31. Begins 1st canto "Childe Harold" Proceeds by sea to Previsa.-10. Driven on the coast of Suli.-12. Writes, in passing the Ambracian gulf, Through cloudless skies, in silvery sheen."-13. Sails down the gulf of Arta.-14. Reaches Utraikey. -15. Traverses Acarnania.-21. Reaches Missolonghi.-And, 25. Patras Leaves Patras.-14. Passes across the gulf of Lepanto. -18. Visits Mount Parnassus, Castri, and Delphi.22. Thebes.-25. Arrives at Athens Spends ten weeks visiting the monuments of Athens: making occasional excursions to several parts of Attica.-Writes "The spell is broke, the charm is flown!"-" Lines in the Travellers' Book at Orchomenus." And "Maid of Athens, ere we part." Leaves Athens for Smyrna.-7. Visits the ruins of Ephesus.-28. Concludes, at Smyrna, the second canto of "Childe Harold"
Leaves Smyrna for Constantinople.-Visits the Troad Writes "Lines after swimming from Sestos to Abydos."-14. Arrives at Constantinople
Makes an excursion through the Bosphorus to the
Makes a tour of the Morea, and visits Vely Pacha.-
1788 Is an unsuccessful suitor for the hand of Miss Milbanke 1790 Publishes "The Bride of Abydos."-13. Writes "The Devil's Drive."-17. And "Two Sonnets to Genevra."-18. Begins "The Corsair."-31. Finishes "The Corsair'' Writes" Windsor Poetics"
Writes "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte."-Resolves to write no more poetry, and to suppress all he had ever written
1800 Begins" Lara."-Writes "I speak not, I trace not."And "Address to be recited at the Caledonian Meeting."-Publishes "Lara."-Writes "Condolatory Verses to Lady Jersey."-Makes a second proposal for the hand of Miss Milbanke, and is accepted.Writes "Elegy on the Death of Sir Peter Parker.". "Lines to Belshazzar."-And "Hebrew Melodies." Marries Miss Milbanke. Writes "There be none of Beauty's Daughters."— "Lines on Napoleon Bonaparte's Escape from Elba.' Begins "The Siege of Corinth."-Writes "There's not a Joy the World can give."-"We do not curse thee, Waterloo."-"Must thou go, my glorious Chief?”, "Star of the Brave."-And "Napoleon's Farewell" Birth of his daughter, Augusta Ada
Publishes "The Siege of Corinth."_"Parisina." -Lady Byron resolves on separating from him Writes"Fare thee well! and if for ever."-And, 29. A Sketch, "Born in the garret"
Writes "When all around grew drear and dark."-25
Writes "Ode on Venice"
Begins the second canto of "Don Juan Finishes the second canto of "Don Juan" Becomes acquainted with the Countess Guiccioli. Writes "Stanzas to the Po"-" Letter to the Editor of My Grandmother's Review."-And "Sonnet to George the Fourth."-Finishes the third and fourth cantos of "Don Juan."-Removes to Ravenna Is domesticated with the Countess Guiccioli Translates the first canto of "Morgante Maggiore" Writes "The Prophecy of Dante."-Translates "Francesca of Rimini."-And writes "Observations upon) an Article in Blackwood's Magazine" Begins "Marino Faliero"
Mar. 5. Apr. 11.
Dec. 13. Jan. 20.
Makes his first speech in the House of Lords.-29. Publishes the two first cantos of "Childe Harold" Commits a new edition of "English Bards," etc., to the flames.-Writes" If sometimes in the haunts of men.' "On a Cornelian Heart which was broken."-" Lines to a Lady weeping."-And "The Chain I gave" Writes "Lines on a blank leaf of The Pleasures of Memory" Writes" Address on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre."-"The Waltz; an Apostrophic Hymn."-" A Parenthetical Address by Dr. Plagiary."-" Address to Time."-" Thou art not false, but thou art fickle Writes "Remember him whom passion's power" Publishes The Waltz" anonymously Publishes "The Giaour"
Projects a journey to Abyssinia
Writes "When from the Heart where Sorrow sits,'
Begins "The Two Foscari
Finishes "The Two Foscari."-16. Begins "Cain; a
Finishes Cain."—And “Vision of Judgment"
Writes the sixth, seventh, and eighth cantos of " Don Juan."- Finishes "The Deformed Transformed."-Writes the ninth, tenth, and eleventh. cantos of "Don Juan."-Removes to Genoa 1812 Writes The Age of Bronze.""The Island."And cantos of "Don Juan."-Turns his views towards Greece. - Receives a communication from the Greek Committee sitting in London Sails for Greece
Reaches Argostoli-Makes an excursion to Ithaca.Waits at Cephalonia the arrival of the Greek fleet Arrives at Missolonghi.-22. Writes" Lines on completing my Thirty-sixth Year."--30. Is appointed commander-in-chief of an expedition against Lepanto 1813 Is seized with a convulsive fit His last illness
33 June 11.18
Apr. 35 May.18 July 14.
Nov. Jan. 20.