In recent years the Byron world has lost some of its most knowledgeable and colourful characters, including Peter Cochran and Charlie Robinson. We begin the current issue of the journal by reflecting on the passing of another renowned Byronist, M. Byron Raizis, with an extract from his funeral eulogy. As with Cochran and Robinson, Byron Raizis was a familiar figure at international conferences and his work has influenced generations of Byronists. He will be much missed.
It feels fitting that this latest issue of The Byron Journal should begin with an essay that revisits a topic on which Byron Raizis was expert: a new reading of Byron's fluctuating relationship with Greece. It also includes essays on dandyism, not solely in relation to Byron's self-fashioning, but as a series of stylistic features of his epic Don Juan, a reading of the performative child in 'To Ianthe', an account of Byron's influence on Bengali literature and some newly discovered letters from Thomas Moore that contain interesting details of Byron's views on Caroline Lamb and Samuel Rogers.
The first issue of the year contains Book Reviews and features some insightful appraisals of interesting new publications on Byron and related Romantic-period topics. There is also room for a couple of reports from recent conferences, letters to the Editor and reports from two of the international societies. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The Byron Journal. [End Page V]