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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-à-brac. Pending publications are on ‘Byron’s temperament’, Romantic Decadence and ‘Byron’s Italian Roman Catholicism’.

Born in South Burgundy, Denis Feignier has been a book lover since the late 1950s and a collector of ancient books since 1969. As a senior civil servant he has shared his professional career between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Agriculture, where he is now a General Inspector. He joined the Société Française des Etudes Byroniennes in 1997, at the occasion of the 23rd International Byron conference at Versailles and has subsequently given papers at La Sorbonne, Paris (32nd International conference, 2006) and Tbilisi (40th International conference, 2014).

Alan Rawes lectures on Romanticism at the University of Manchester. His publications include Byron’s Poetic Experimentation (2000), Romantic Biography (co-ed, 2003), English Romanticism and the Celtic World (co-ed, 2003), Romanticism and Form (ed, 2007), Reading, Writing and the Influence of Harold Bloom (co-ed., 2010) and a special issue of Litteraria Pragensia on ‘Tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy’: Byron in Italy (co-ed, 2013). He edited The Byron Journal between 2005 and 2012, sits on the Executive Committee of The Byron Society, and is Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies.

Harold Ray Stevens, Professor Emeritus of English at MacDaniel College, is the past president of the Mencken Society. The co-editor of John Galsworthy in the Annotated Secondary Bibliography Series and Last Essays in the Cambridge Edition of the works of Joseph Conrad, he has also written essays about Byron and the King James Bible, the experience of Conrad in the Congo, H. L. Mencken and American journalism.

Michelle Taylor is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Iowa. She is currently writing a thesis on the ways genres of Romantic and Victorian literature alter their conventions to represent animals, particularly dogs. [End Page vi]



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