Byron: Life and Legend

Category: Arts & Literature
Author: Fiona MacCarthy
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by fernly   2018-11-10
Some years ago I worked on 6 of the 7 volumes of The Works of Lord Byron for the Project Gutenberg editions [1], which entailed careful reading of every line. Which led to reading the Fiona McCarthy biography. Yeah, he was a shit no doubt, but he had an astounding, rarely-equalled talent as well. Verse just poured out of him. He had a high intelligence and great sensitivity to emotional nuance -- those are common enough qualities -- but was utterly unique in that, whatever he thought, he could express in perfectly-chosen words fit to exact meter and rhyme.