The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore


  • Hardcover
  • 251 pages
  • The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore
  • Jeffery W. Vail
  • English
  • 19 February 2016
  • 9780801865008

11 thoughts on “The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore

  1. Michael Michael says:

    I probably give out too many five star reviews but this book thoroughly earned it It is an elegant old fashioned work of scholarshipThomas Moore was one of the best natured and most talented writers working in Romantic Britain but like most writers his fame has dwindled with the centuries In this book Vail investigates how Moore and his most famous peer Lord Byron influenced one another over a decade and a half of close friendship As he goes along he analyses most of Moore's poetry and his fabulous Life of Lord ByronVail's research is forensic—he appears to have read every relevant piece of primary evidence in detail His style is elegant—he wears his learning lightly and writes with great clarity and concision His arguments are incontrovertible—there are no moments of dazzling insight or lacerating wit here but simply the steady accumulation of forgotten truths strung together in a clear rational argumentProbably only die hard fans of Byron or Moore if there are any die hard fans of Moore among the living will really enjoy this book But scholars and students of Romanticism really must read it and will find the experience a gentle and rather unexpected pleasure


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The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore Contradicting the popular perception that Percy Bysshe Shelley was the poet who exerted the most influence upon Lord Byron's work Jeffery W Vail demonstrates that close friend and biographer Thomas Moore was a larger presence in Byron's life and work than any other living writer In this analysis Vail reconstructs the social political and literary contexts of both writers' works through extensive consultation of 19th century sources including hundreds of contemporary reviews and articles on the two writers and over 500 unpublished manuscript letters written by Moore