* Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric paintings by renowned artists, Don Juan is is a satiric poem by Lord Byron, based on the legend of Don Juan, which Byron reverses, portraying Juan not as a womaniser but as someone easily seduced by women.
* Just as accessible and enjoyable for today’s readers as it would have been when first published, the piece is one of the great works of English literature and continues to be widely read throughout the world.
* This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and is enhanced with images of classic works of art carefully selected by our team of professional editors.
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The Right Honourable
The Lord Byron
Portrait of Byron
Portrait of Byron by Thomas Phillips, c. 1813
Born George Gordon Byron
22 January 1788
Died 19 April 1824 (aged 36)
Missolonghi, Aetolia, Ottoman Empire (present-day Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece)
Resting place Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
Occupation Poet, politician
Education Aberdeen Grammar School, Harrow School (1801–1805)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge (1805–1808)
Spouse Anne Isabella Milbanke
(m. 1815; separated 1816)
Partner Claire Clairmont
Elizabeth Medora Leigh (presumably)
Capt. John “Mad Jack” Byron (father)
Catherine Gordon (mother)
Relatives Vice-Admiral The Hon. John Byron (grandfather)
Member of the House of Lords
13 March 1809 – 19 April 1824
Preceded by The 5th Baron Byron
Succeeded by The 7th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (Greek: Λόρδος Βύρωνας; 22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), simply known as Lord Byron, was an English poet and peer. One of the leading figures of the Romantic movement, Byron is regarded as one of the greatest English poets. He 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 and died leading a campaign during that war, for which Greeks revere him as a folk hero. He died in 1824 at the age of 36 from a fever contracted after the First and Second Siege of Missolonghi.
His only marital child, Ada Lovelace, is regarded as a foundational figure in the field of computer programming based on her notes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Byron’s extramarital children include Allegra Byron, who died in childhood, and possibly Elizabeth Medora Leigh, daughter of his half-sister Augusta Leigh.