Born On This Day ~ January 22 ~ Lord George Gordon Byron ~ British Poet

Born: January 22, 1788 (Dover, United Kingdom)
Died: April 19, 1824 (Missolonghi, Greece)

Famous For/Known For:
British poet

A Little About George Gordon Byron:
Born to a schizophrenic mother and a father who abandoned him.

The title of Lord was passed down to him by his uncle, William Byron, at the age of 10.

In 1803 Byron fell passionately in love with Mary Chaworth, who was a distant cousin. His feelings for her inspired him to begin writing poems such as Hills of Annesley and The Adieu.

In 1807 Byron began a life long friendship with John Cam Hobhouse who introduced him to liberal politics. He was soon part of the Cambridge Whig Club.

It was his poem, English Bards and Scotch Reviews, that earned him his first literary recognition.

In 1813 it has been said that he possibly began an intimate relationship with his half sister, Augusta. This affair caused him guilt and most likely inspired the dark poems, The Bride of Abydos and The Corsair.

In 1915 Byron married Annabella Milbanke and soon the two became parents. A year later Annabella left Byron due to his drinking, rumors of a sexual relationship of his half-sister and his bisexual ways.

In 1816 Byron and Hobhouse decided to cast off to Italy. Along the way he maintained his lustful ways. It was this promiscuous practice that lead him to write his greatest poem of all, Don Juan, which was inspired by his experiences.

From 1821-1822, The Liberal, a society newspaper was edited by Byron.

Lord George Gordon Byron from a possible infection caused by a bloodletting at the age of 36.

Books About/Written By Lord George Gordon Byron:

Lord Byron: The Major Works (Oxford World’s Classics)

Lord Byron Poetry Collection

Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame


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