Lord Byron

English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement

1788   -   1824

movement: Romanticism
genre: narrative poetry, gothic fiction
country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Kingdom of Great Britain
educated at: Harrow School, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
occupation: poet, lyricist, politician, playwright, autobiographer
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society
position held: Member of the House of Lords
student of: Harutyun Avgeryan

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular. He travelled extensively across Europe, especially in Italy, where he lived for seven years in the cities of Venice, Ravenna and Pisa. During his stay in Italy he frequently visited his friend and fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in life Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died in 1824 at the age of 36 from a fever contracted in Missolonghi. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in his life for his aristocratic excesses, which included huge debts, numerous love affairs with both men and women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister. One of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb, summed him up in the famous phrase "mad, bad, and dangerous to know". His only legitimate child, Ada Lovelace, is regarded as the first computer programmer based on her notes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Byron's illegitimate children include Allegra Byron, who died in childhood, and possibly Elizabeth Medora Leigh.
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works

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Sardanapalus

tragedy by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1821

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

poem by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1812

The Corsair

1814 tale in verse by George Gordon Byron

author: Lord Byron

1814

Manfred

closet drama by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1817

Mazeppa

narrative poem by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1819

The Curse of Minerva

poem by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

Beppo

1817 poem written by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1817

Cain

play by Byron (1821)

author: Lord Byron

1821

Hours of Idleness

book by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1807

The Giaour

poem by Lord Byron

author: Lord Byron

1813

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