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http://vimeo.com/25463915

Password: byron

 


Artwork, Texts, Screencaps and Other Non-Film Sources

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Artwork

Byron, by Thomas Phillips, from Freethought Almanac

Byron, mezzotint by C. Turner, from True Love Stories of Famous People

Byron, from Willowbrook Park

Greek Stamp of Lord Byron from Montana Review

Caricature of Lord Byron by Max Beerbohm, from Poets’ Corner

“Fare Thee Well”, from Cartoonstock.com

Lord Byron from Wikipedia

Lord Byron from Poetryconnection.net

Lord Byron in Greek Dress from Civilization.ca

Lord Byron in Albanian Dress by Thomas Phillip from Wikipedia

Lady Caroline Lamb from The Esoteric Curiosa

Augusta Lee from Wikipedia

Annabella Milbanke (later Lady Noel Byron) from Flickr

 

Texts and Screencaps

Byron’s manuscript of Canto III of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage from The Reading Room

Dugdale Edition of Childe Harold from Wikipedia

“Lord Byron” from The Poetry Foundation

Signed edition of Childe Harold from Open Library.org

Maid of Athens, Ere We Part (1810) by Lord Byron

Excerpt from Childe Harold, Canto IV, Verse 178 by Lord Byron

Childe Harold 1856 edition by Thomas Moore from Openlibrary.org

Remember Thee! Remember Thee! by Lord Byron

" . . . mad, bad and dangerous to know." Attributed to Lady Caroline.

The black text over the fire was inspired by the rumors and allegations circulating around Byron during the time of his divorce, including (but not limited to): marital sodomy, cruelty, incest and homosexuality.

Don Juan by Lord Byron from Project Gutenberg

 

Other

Parchment paper texture from Free Web Design.

I am not sure where I borrowed the Europe map from.

 

Notes

‘Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.’

I hope the vid is self-explanatory enough, though I have taken many liberties and over-simplified Byron’s timeline in order to create a coherent narrative. This vid is certainly not a strictly factual representation. If you’d like to know more about Byron, outside of a quick Google search or Wiki browse, I highly recommend Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona MacCarthy. I drew a great deal of knowledge and inspiration from this biography. ‘

I focused on Byron’s life from around 1809 – 1816. After traveling in Europe and enjoying some of the – scenery – he returned to England and published Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. The first print edition sold out in three days and made him an instant celebrity at the age of twenty-four.

Byron was a celebrity in the fully modern sense. He certainly had his many admirers and actual fans and a few creepy fans, even. Women would write him letters asking for a lock of hair or implying they would bestow him with other, much more intimate favors. Byron, being Byron, didn’t say “no” as often as he should have, for either the sake of his sanity or his reputation.

He had a string of illicit and highly public affairs during this time, the most disastrous of which was with Lady Caroline Lamb (“Britney”). He also formed a close relationship with his half-sister, Augusta Lee. And eventually stumbled into marriage with Annabella Milbanke, who divorced him, probably because he was the world’s worst husband, very much unstable and abusive.

During his divorce many allegations came out, including those of sodomy and homosexuality. Byron’s friends heard people discussing these rumors publically in the streets of London. In 19th century England, homosexuality was punishable by death. In her biography, MacCarthy, suggests that Byron fled England not only because his reputation was besmirched, but also because he feared for his life.

One of my special concerns was in addressing Byron’s bisexuality. This is actually a difficult task despite the fact that Byron’s reputation on this point far proceeds him. Many scholars and academics have actively ignored or denied his bisexuality until recently. Even my main source for the vid, the BBC series produced in 2003, shies away from this point to some degree. But as it relates directly to some of the reasons he had to flee England, and, was an integral part of who Byron was, I felt it was something that needed to be acknowledged and considered in context of the larger picture.