The life and work of Lord Byron continues to fascinate in all manner of ways, every year prompting illuminating new readings of the verse and drama, the discovery of hitherto unnoticed associations or overlooked details, the extension of old conversations and the beginnings of new ones. The present issue of the journal showcases all of these aspects of Byron Studies with original contributions from a range of Byron scholars. Kirsteen McCue explores the role that the Scottish song editor George Thomson played in disseminating Byron's lyrics, while Karen Caines clarifies the nature of allusions to Horace in Don Juan. Byron's relationship with Leigh Hunt is one topic that has come under the critical spotlight in this journal in recent times and Michael Steier helps fill in a gap in their correspondence. Byron's relationship with Southey is perennially interesting, but David Woodhouse finds new purchase on it through focusing on the role that Hazlitt played in the Wat Tyler controversy. The names of Byron's servants Fletcher and Zambelli are well known to Byronists, but what happened to them following Byron's death? Anne Falloon provides a meticulously researched account of the fortunes of the Lega-Zambelli family.
Aside from the essays, the journal hosts a series of conference reports, including that of the International conference held in Armenia in 2017, and a review on Byron auctions that includes details of a remarkable sale of a Turner painting at Sothebys. The absence of book reviews in this issue is not an unintentional omission but a decision to rebalance the content of the journal. Readers can now expect to find book reviews in the first issue of each year, while the second issue will feature the conference reports.
Finally, I would like to thank Noah Comet and the contributors to the special issue on Byron and America (45.1). I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and thought that it opened up a fascinating range of new avenues for researchers working in this area. [End Page v]