The present issue of the journal is marked with sadness following news of the death of Professor Michael O’Neill. Michael was one of the most influential scholars of Romantic literature of the last forty years and will have been well-known to many readers. His loss will be felt throughout the Byron world and beyond. It is fitting that we begin with a heartfelt tribute to Michael: a celebration of his life and work from a colleague who knew him well.
The content of the present issue shows, as ever, the rich diversity that exists within Byron studies. There are essays on Byron’s drama—Manfred and Marino Faliero—an examination of his representation of catastrophe, evidence of new correspondence that throws light on key aspects of his relationships with Lady Oxford and Leigh Hunt, and a reading of Byron’s poetic depictions of swimming and marine metaphors. A ‘found poem’ suggests a surprising conjunction between Byron and an American President. The issue also features book reviews, society reports, and an account of three recent concerts with Byronic themes.
I am particularly pleased that the issue reflects so many of the current strengths of Byron scholarship as, sadly, it is my last as Editor. After eight years I pass on editorial duties to Dr Mirka Horová. Mirka brings a wealth of experience to the role—including as recent guest-editor of the special issue on ‘Byron and the Bible’ (43.2)—and I am delighted that the journal will be in such good hands. I would like to register my thanks for your attention during my tenure and particularly for the support of the Editorial Board and the journal’s Advisory Editors. [End Page v]