Steve Jones on NPR

Scott Simon interviewed Romantic Circle's own Steve Jones this morning on NPR about Byron's The Corsair, which made publishing history this week in 1814 by selling out its entire run of 10,000 copies on the first day of publication.

For more about Byron's poem and for a recording of the interview, visit

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Georgetown Theatre Company's The Offensive

The Georgetown Theatre Company presents a staged reading of THE OFFENSIVE: A timely comic variation on Lord Byron’s Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice

By R. L. Nesvet
Directed by Catherine Aselford

Friday, 19th November, 2004, 7.30 p.m.
Grace Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW (South of M St.)
Washington, D.C.

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NEH Summer Seminar: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community"

ANNOUNCING an NEH SUMMER SEMINAR FOR COLLEGE TEACHERS 2005: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community in British Romanticism"

13 June - 22 July 2005
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Directed by Stephen C. Behrendt
Participant stipend: $4200

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NINES Workshop

NINES Workshop in Digital Scholarship

This is to announce a week-long workshop for scholars undertaking digital projects in nineteenth-century British and American literary and cultural studies. The workshop will be held at the University of Virginia, 18-22 July 2005, and will provide a practical setting where scholars can work at the development of their individual projects with other scholars who have shared interests, goals, and problems to be addressed. The theoretical, technical, administrative, and institutional issues connected to the development of digital scholarly work will focus the workshop's activities, which will be organized around and driven by the needs of the specific projects themselves.

The workshops will be run by faculty and staff at U. of Virginia involved with the NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) and ARP (Applied Research in Patacriticism) projects.

Additional information is available at

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New Play: The Bride of Prejudice

This announcement of a new play about Byron just appeared online:

Announcing the world premiere of The Bride of Prejudice: The Marriage of Lord Byron, a new play by Peter Dunne, running Tuesday 5 October-Sunday 24 October; Tuesdays-Sundays (7:45pm) at Barons Court Theatre, 28A Comeragh Road, London, W14 9RH (Nearest Station Baron's Court/West Kensington--Piccadilly and District Lines) Admission: £12 (Concs.£10)

Box Office 020 8932 4747

Following the success of The Remarkable Piety of The Infamous, Peter Dunne's hilarious and unforgettable production about Oscar Wilde in Paris, Primrose Productions return to Baron's Court Theatre with his new play, Bride of Prejudice, the story of Lord Byron's marriage.

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Romulus Linney to give Marchand Lecture

The Byron Society of America is pleased to announce that the playwright Romulus Linney will deliver the 5th Annual Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture at the University of Delaware on Friday, 8 October 2004, at 4:00 p.m. A reception for all in attendance will follow from 5:15 until approximately 7:30 p.m.

(note: previously, this entry reported the date erroneously as 8 September. The correct date is 8 October.)

Many of you know Romulus Linney as the author of the successful play "Childe Byron," and some of you will recall that he and his daughter, the actress Laura Linney, read a scene from that play at the Hofstra Byron Conference some years ago. Linney's lecture will be "My Life with Byron."

The Theatre Conference recently offered the following summary of Linney's career:

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SoHo Rep Production of Frankenstein

It has just been announced that Soho Rep theater company in New York in conjunction with the Brooklyn troupe, The Flying Machine, will co-present a new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, to run Dec. 9, 2004-Jan. 8, 2005. The treatment was written by Joshua Carlebach, and the show was developed during a July 24–26, 2003, workshop. The production will make use of mime, dance, music, puppets and props.

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4 August 1792

On yesterday's date in 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Sussex. See this review by Nora Crook of The Shelleys of Field Place, as well as an earlier Romantic Circles Editors' Dispatch column by the book's author. In textual commemoration, Neil Fraistat makes available the following opening stanzas of Queen Mab, Canto IX (a sneak preview of Volume II of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, now at press, to be published in December), which imagine nothing less than the utopian renovation of the world.

O happy Earth! reality of Heaven!
To which those restless souls that ceaselessly
Throng through the human universe, aspire;
Thou consummation of all mortal hope!
Thou glorious prize of blindly-working will! 5
Whose rays, diffused throughout all space and time,
Verge to one point and blend forever there:

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Holmes to edit Gilchrist on Blake

Gilchrist on Blake, a new edition of the 1863 Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist, will be published by Harper Collins in August, edited by biographer Richard Holmes.

This is from the description on the Harper Collins Website:

. . . the first biography of William Blake ever written, at a time when the great visionary poet and painter was generally forgotten, ridiculed or dismissed as insane. Wonderfully vivid and outspoken (one chapter is entitled ‘Mad or Not Mad’), it was based on revealing interviews with many of Blake’s surviving friends. . . . Gilchrist adds detailed descriptions of Blake’s beliefs and working methods, an account of his trial for high treason and fascinating evocations of the places in London, Kent and Sussex where he lived. The book transformed Blake’s reputation.

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