‘I think of trying prose’: Byron & the Novel 

Start Date & Time 22/01/2024 6:30 pm

Location Art Workers GUild

Speakers Edwina Watson

Ticket Price: £7.00

Wine reception 6.30 pm

Lecture at 7.00 pm

Dinner from 8.00 pm

Ticket registration: here.

Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com

‘Don’t you think that I have a very Good Knack for novel writing?’, asked Byron in an early letter. This talk will trace some of Byron’s most revealing encounters with the evolving form of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel. Byron claimed to have read ‘novels bythe thousand’ and over the course of his career made several unfinished attempts at fictional tales in prose, including a ‘Chapter of a Novel’ in 1813. He would come to describe his great long poem Don Juan as ‘a poetical’ Tristram Shandy. Byron was deeply familiar with the art of the novelist. This talk asks a more specific question: what can this lifelong interest in prose tell us about Byron the poet?


Art Workers Guild

6 Queen Square


London WC1N 3AT

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Drinks 6.30-7.00

Lecture 7.00-8.00pm

There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.