This is a personal selection of books the author has found most useful and/or enjoyable. Most are concerned with Lord Byron, but I have also included works on Madame de Stäel whose life crossed with Byron's in London and in Geneva. She was one of the few major literary figures Byron encountered who was of the same social class. Her work forms a bridge between the Enlightenment and the Romantics.



Lord Byron: The complete Poetical Works
Jerome J McGann, OUP, 7 vols, 1980-93

The best edition of Byron's poetry. At a criminal price.

Lord Byron: the Major Works
Jerome McGann, OUP, 2000

Lord Byron: The Complete Miscellaneous Prose
Andrew Nicholson, OUP, 1991

Includes Byron's reviews, speeches, writings, Armenian studies, and material pertaining to the Bowles/Pope controversy.


Lord Byron's Letters and Journals
Leslie Marchand, John Murray, 13 vols, 1973-1994x

The most complete edition of Byron's letters and journals. Well worth reading in their own right - Byron never wrote an uninteresting sentence.

Byron's 'Corbeau Blanc': The Life and Letters of Lady Melbourne
ed. Jonathan David Grossey Moore, Liverpool UniversityPress, 1997

Includes Lady Melbourne's letters to Lord Byron at the time of his affair with Caroline Lamb and his marriage to Annabella Milbanke.


Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author
Edward John Trelawny, New York Review of Books publication, 2000

Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley & Byron
Edward John Trelawny, Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2000

Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron
ed. Ernest J Lovell Jr, Princeton University Press, 1966


Byron: A Biography
Leslie A Marchand, 3 vols, 1957

The Late Lord Byron
Doris Langley Moore, John Murray, 1961

Concerns the period immediately following Byron's death.

La diététique de lord Byron
Gabriel Matzneff, La Table Ronde, 1984

An excellent insight into Byron's character.

Byron: A Portrait
Leslie A Marchand, The Cresset Library, 1987

The Politics of Paradise: A Vindication of Byron
Michael Foot, Collins, 1988

Byron: Life and Legend
Fiona MacCarthy, John Murray, 2002


The Real Lady Byron
Joan Pierson, Robert Hale, 1992

Ada Countess of Lovelace: Byron's Legitimate Daughter
Doris Langley Moore, John Murray, 1977

The Byrons and the Trevanions
A L Rowse, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1978

The House of Byron
Violet W Walker, Quiller Press, 1988

Byron's Daughter: A Biography
Catherine Turney, Peter Davies, 1974


Lady Caroline Lamb: This Infernal Woman
Susan Normington, House of Stratus, 2001

Caroline Lamb, Everyman, 1995

The Last Attachment
Iris Origo, Jonathan Cape & John Murray, 1949

Byron's affair with Contessa Teresa Guiccioli


The Rise and Fall of a Regency Dandy: The Life and Times of Scrope Beardmore Davies
T A J Burnett, John Murray, 1981

Provides an insight into what 'Dandyism' was really about and dispels the myth that the Dandies were only concerned with clothes and foppyish behavior. The information on 'Bamming' helps put the tall tales of Edward John Trelawny in perspective.

Trelawny: The Incurable Romancer
William St Clair, John Murray, 1977

Lord Byron's Jackal: A Life of Edward John Trelawny
David Crane, Four Walls Eight Windows, 1999

Isaac D'Israeli
James Ogden, OUP, 1969


Shelley's Poetical Works
Thomas Hutchinson, OUP, 1932

Shelley: The Pursuit
Richard Holmes, Penguin Books, 1987


The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
ed. Betty T Bennett, John Hopkins University Press, Vol 1, 1980

The Journals of Mary Shelley
ed. Paula R Feldman & Dian Scott-Kilvert, John Hopkins University Press, 1995

Selected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
ed. Betty T Bennet, John Hopkins University Press, 1995

The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of the Family
William St Clair, Faber & Faber Ltd, 1989


The Clairmont Correspondence
ed. Marion Kingston Stocking, John Hopkins University Press, 2 vols, 1995

The letters of Claire Clairmont, Charles Clairmont, and Fanny Imlay Godwin

Claire Clairmont and the Shelleys
Robert Gittings & Jo Manton, OUP, 1992



Mistress to an Age: The Life of Madame de Stäel
J Christopher Herold, Hamish Hamilton, 1958

Une singulière famille: Jacques Necker, Suzanne Necker et Germaine de Stäel
Jean-Denis Bredin, Fayard, 1999


Correspondance Général
10 vols, Klincksieck

Le plus beau de toutes les fêtes, La correspondance inédite de Madame de Stäel et d'Elisabeth Hervey, duchesse de Devonshire
Victor de Pange, Klincksieck, 1980


Oeuvres de jeunesse
ed. John Isbell and Simone Balayé, Desjonqùres, 1997

De la litérature considérée dans ses rapports avec les institutions sociales
ed. A Blaeschke, Classiques Garnier, 1998

De l'Allemagne
ed. A Blaeschke, Garnier-Flammarion, 2 vols, 1968

Considérations sur la Révolution française
Tallandier, 1983

ed. Simone Balayé, Honoré Champion, 2004

tr. Avriel H Goldberger, Northern Illinois University Press, 1995

Corinne ou l'Italie
ed. Simone Balayé, Honoré Champion, 2000

Corinne ou l'Italie
ed. Simone Balayé, Folio Classique, 1983

Corinne or Italy
tr. Avriel H Goldberger, Rutgers University Press, 1981

Dix années d'exil
ed. Simone Balayé et Mariella Vianello Bonifacio, Fayard, 1996


The Birth of European Romanticism: Truth and propoganda in Staäel's De l'Allemagne
John Clairborne Isbell, Cambridge University Press, 1994

The Literary Existence of Germaine de Stäel
Charlotte Hogsett, Southern Illinois University Press, 1987


The New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse
Jerome J McGann, OUP, 1993

A magnificent edition of poetry from 1785 to 1832

The Romantic Reviewers 1802-1824
John O Hayden, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969

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