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Byron and John MurrayA Poet and His Publisher$
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Mary O'Connell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381335

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381335.001.0001

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‘Lord Byron turns pro’1

‘Lord Byron turns pro’1

(p.45) Chapter Two ‘Lord Byron turns pro’1
Byron and John Murray

Mary O’Connell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes Byron’s early career, with special focus on his satirical poem English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. It demonstrates that Byron’s correspondence with his first publisher throughout the composition and publication of his early works reveal the ambivalence towards writing and publishing which would characterise his literary career and his relationship with John Murray. The chapter views English Bards as Byron’s attempt to depict the chaos of an overpopulated and highly commercial literary marketplace.

Keywords:   English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, Hours of Idleness, Byron, Jon Murray, satirical poem

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