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Bernard Beatty is Senior Fellow in the School of English at the University of Liverpool and Associate Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Byron’s Don Juan (London: Croom Helm, 1985) and Byron’s Don Juan and Other Poems (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987). He edited The Byron Journal from 1988–2005. He has edited three collections of essays on Byron and written on Romanticism, the Bible, and aspects of literary theory. Recent publications are on Byron and Venice, Shelley and the theatre, ‘Authenticity in Pope, Byron and Newman’ and ‘Victorian bric-a-brac’ (Robert Browning and Newman). Pending publications are on ‘Byron’s temperament’, ‘Romantic Decadence’ and ‘Byron’s Italian Roman Catholicism’.

Mary O’Connell taught 18th and 19th century literature in University College Cork from 2002–2012, and in 2012 was Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Her first monograph, The Literary Relationship of Byron and John Murray will be published by Liverpool University Press in 2014. She has also contributed to and co-edited Readings on Audience and Textual Materiality (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011).

Michael O’Neill is a Professor of English at Durham University. Recent books include Venice and the Cultural Imagination (co-edited with Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton; Pickering and Chatto, 2012); Poetic Form: An Introduction (co-authored with Michael D. Hurley; CUP, 2012), and The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (co-edited with Anthony Howe and with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan, 2013). He is one of the editors of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, vol. 3 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012), which received the Richard J. Finneran Award for 2013 from the Society for Textual Scholarship.

Michael Simpson is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests span Romanticism, classical reception and postcolonialism. He is the author of Closet Performances: Political Exhibition and Prohibition in the Dramas of Byron and Shelley (1998) and has published numerous essays across the broad field of Romantic literary culture. His interest in the Greco-Roman classics lies particularly in how they have been adapted within postcolonial and especially African and African-Caribbean literatures and theatres. With Barbara Goff, he is co-author of Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora (2007). He is currently writing a book on the theme of distraction in British Romantic literature. [End Page vii]

Timothy Webb is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus of the University of Bristol where he was Winterstoke Professor and Head of the Department of English. He has written and lectured widely on Romantic topics (especially on Shelley and Byron) and on Irish topics (including Yeats and Joyce). Work in progress includes a two-volume annotated edition of Leigh Hunt’s Autobiography (to be published next year by Oxford University Press), an edition of the second volume of Shelley’s Prose (with Michael O’Neill), a reader on stones, and an investigation of English Romantic writers and Ireland. [End Page viii]



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