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200 years have passed since the anonymously-published first cantos of Byron’s epic poem Don Juan were unleashed. By turns hilarious, rude, sharp, ridiculous and boring, both the poem and its creater became touch-stones of the 19th century, touch-stones that the National Library of Scotland would like to re-acquaint us with, not least because their archives hold Byron’s original manuscripts of his most infamous work. In this lecture, Prof Tom Mole will attempt to reveal the ‘origins of the poem’s tremendous comic aplomb’. No mean feat.
Edinburgh, EH1 1EW United Kingdom