Byron, George Gordon
1788 - Born on January 22nd in London, England. English Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination of Europe.
1801 - Byron was sent to school in London and he went to Harrow, one of England's most prestigious schools.
1803 - He fell in love with his distant cousin, Mary Chaworth, who was older and already engaged, and when she rejected him she became the symbol for Byron of idealized and unattainable love.
1805 - Byron entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he piled up debts at an alarming rate and indulged in the conventional vices of undergraduates there.
1806 - Byron had his early poems privately printed in a volume entitled Fugitive Pieces, and that same year he formed at Trinity what was to be a close, lifelong friendship with John Cam Hobhouse, who stirred his interest in liberal Whiggism.
1807 - Byron's first published volume of poetry, Hours of Idleness, appeared.
1809 - A sarcastic critique of the book in The Edinburgh Review provoked his retaliation with a couplet satire, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, in which he attacked the contemporary literary scene.
- Byron took his seat in the House of Lords, and then embarked with Hobhouse on a grand tour.
1812 - Renowned as the “gloomy egoist” of his autobiographical poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in the 19th century.
- He made his first speech in the House of Lords, a humanitarian plea opposing harsh Tory measures against riotous Nottingham weavers.
1813-1814 - The agitations of his two love affairs and the sense of mingled guilt and exultation they aroused in Byron are reflected in the series of gloomy and remorseful Oriental verse tales he wrote at this time: The Giaour; The Bride of Abydos; The Corsair, which sold 10,000 copies on the day of publication; and Lara.
1815 - Byron proposed to Anne Isabella (Annabella) Milbanke and the marriage took place in January.
1819 - He is now more generally esteemed for the satiric realism of Don Juan.
1821 - Byron wrote The Prophecy of Dante; cantos III, IV, and V of Don Juan; the poetic dramas Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, The Two Foscari, and Cain.
1824 - Died on April 19th in Missolonghi, Greece.
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