A comprehensive guide to the poems, prose, biography, ideas and contexts of Byron, entries range from detailed coverage of the major poems to items on Byron's songs, conversation, interest in boxing, swimming and vampires, and sexual liaisons; also the 'Byronic Hero', Byron in fiction and drama, and his pervasive influence on subsequent literature.
MARTIN GARRETT is an independent scholar and writer. His postgraduate research was on Renaissance drama and he specialized at first in this period, editing Critical Heritage volumes on Massinger and Sidney. More recently he has worked mainly on Romantic and Victorian literature. He has also written literary and cultural guides to southern Europe, France and Cambridge. He is the author of volumes on Byron, Mary Shelley and the Brownings in the British Library Writers' Lives series, and has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London.