His response was a satire, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, which received mixed attention.Publicly humiliated and with nowhere else to turn, Byron set out on a tour of the Mediterranean, traveling with a friend to Portugal, Spain, Albania, Turkey, and finally Athens.He also continued to publish romantic tales in verse. He was married and divorced, his wife Anne Isabella Milbanke having accused him of everything from incest to sodomy.
George Gordon Byron was born on January 22, 1788 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and inherited his family's English title at the age of ten, becoming Baron Byron of Rochdale.
Abandoned by his father at an early age and resentful of his mother, who he blamed for his being born with a deformed foot, Byron isolated himself during his youth and was deeply unhappy.
He also spent much of his time engaged in the Greek fight for independence and planned to join a battle against a Turkish-held fortress when he fell ill, becoming increasingly sick with persistent colds and fevers.
When he died on April 19, 1824, at the age of 36, Don Juan was yet to be finished, though 17 cantos had been written.
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The morning mist and chimney smoke of White City Jabavu flowed thick yellow as pus oozing from a gigantic sore.
Byron reportedly said, "I awoke one morning and found myself famous." His fame, however, was among the aristocratic intellectual class, at a time when only cultivated people read and discussed literature.
The significant rise in a middle-class reading public, and with it the dominance of the novel, was still a few years away.
A memoir, which also hadn't been published, was burned by Byron's friends who were either afraid of being implicated in scandal or protective of his reputation.
Today, Byron's Don Juan is considered one of the great long poems in English written since Milton's Paradise Lost.