Don Juan (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1973
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Lord Byron was an English poet and the most infamous of the English Romantics, glorified for his immoderate ways in both love and money. Benefitting from a privileged upbringing, Byron published the first two cantos of Childe Harold s Pilgrimage upon his return from his Grand Tour in 1811, and the poem was received with such acclaim that he became the focus of a public mania. Following the dissolution of his short-lived marriage in 1816, Byron left England amid rumours of infidelity, sodomy, and incest.
In self-imposed exile in Italy Byron completed Childe Harold and Don Juan. He also took a great interest in Armenian culture, writing of the oppression of the Armenian people under Ottoman rule; and in 1823, he aided Greece in its quest for independence from Turkey by fitting out the Greek navy at his own expense.
Two centuries of references to, and depictions of Byron in literature, music, and film began even before his death in 1824. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would have liked notes to help me better understand the text. However the price was quite good.
However I am now feeling like I want to buy the York notes to better understand the book and I could have avoided that if it just had notes!
The other students in my course who'd bought the same edition also had the problem, so it isn't just an issue of my copy. I can't identify this printing error anywhere in the main parts of the poem, and it did seem coherent, so for now I'll just hope I didn't miss out on anything else.
The larger pages are a real benefit to reading comfort, but the leaving out bits is really sort of worrying.
No link to the table of contents.
No notes or links to any within the text, which is rubbish as unless you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Regency period and its politics, classical mythology and Shakespeare (amongst other pools of learning) you will need to read this with access to the internet to decipher what you do not quite understand. Which will be a fair amount given that this is a 200 year old work. How can you be expected to read Don Juan without some guiding notes? - (October 2015, I found the notes at the end of the document but without a link to them within the body of the text means that to read them on a Kindle is one of the biggest pains I have ever come across. Unless of course you buy two Kindles and have the notes open on the other one, which ain't gonna happen really)
Byron's Don Juan is a great work of art and this particular edition by Penguin for Kindle appears to be a hastily cobbled together affair to make a few shekels. This is a shoddy presentation which should be given away for free.
The only saving grace is the introduction.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
This is the second Penguin classics transfer to Kindle that I have wasted my money on (the other being John Keats complete poems)
Save your money and get a free copy from Project Gutenberg.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don Juan is a perfect offset both to the cant of Byron's and also our own era.Published 12 months ago by Oxlit
Yes this did exactly what it said on the tin. I only bought it because of my course work but it's a good versionPublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by Blondinka
Definitely one of the finest poems ever written - brilliant, witty and profound. Knocks that bleating sheep Wordsworth into a cocked hat!Published on 26 Mar. 2008 by William Podmore