Byron and the Victorians (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

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This book is the first full-length study of Byron's influence on Victorian writers, concentrating on Carlyle, Emily Brontė, Tennyson, Bulwer-Lytton, Disraeli and Wilde. It has two emphases--to demonstrate the ways that institutions of cultural production mediate the access that later writers have to earlier ones, and to suggest the many different responses that Victorian writers had to Byron and to his celebrity in British culture. It argues that defining oneself against Byron became a ritual of the Victorian authorial career. Victorian writers did not reject Byron outright: instead, they defined themselves through fictions of personal development away from values associated with Byron toward those associated with themselves as mature Victorian writers.

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This book is about the influence of Byron, the most famous British poet of the early nineteenth century, on later nineteenth-century writers. Byron's fame depended on the assumption that he and his heroes were identical: the author of this book argues that he was the first modern celebrity. He discusses Byron's influence on six Victorian authors: Carlyle, Emily Brontė, Tennyson, Bulwer-Lytton, Disraeli, and Wilde. The discussions concentrate on issues of class, gender, popularity and sexuality.

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"Elfenbein does a masterful job of examining these phenomena and demonstrating the way Victorian writers had to define themselves in relation to Byron....The book is fascinating, well-argued, well-supported, and thoroughly developed within the parameters of its topic." European Romantic Review

"An important contribution to 19th-century studies." Choice

"This is a very readable book that can be recommended to anyone interested in the intricate ways that one literary figure influences another." Studies in English Literature

"...an impressive study..." Robert F. Gleckner, The Wordworth Circle

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