chapter  47
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Macaulay on Byron


Thomas Babington Macaulay, essayist, historian, and politician. Review of Thomas Moore's Letters and Journals of Lord Byron: with Notices of his Life, Edinburgh Review, June 1831, LIII, 544-72. Mr Moore never thrusts himself between Lord Byron and the public. The extracts from the journals and correspondence of Lord Byron, are in the highest degree valuable—not merely on account of the information which they contain respecting the distinguished man by whom they were written, but on account, also, of their rare merit as compositions. The pretty fable by which the Duchess of Orleans illustrates the character of her son the regent, might, with little change, be applied to Byron. The obloquy which Byron had to endure, was such as might well have shaken a more constant mind. It is curious to observe the tendency which the dialogue of Byron always has to lose its character of dialogue, and to become soliloquy.