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Lord Byron

1. George Gordon Byron, better known as “Lord Byron,” was born on January 22, 1788 in London, England. Due to his infamy during his lifetime, striking appearance, well-known public persona, and the persistent popularity of his verse, Byron has maintained a lasting legacy as one of the Romantic period’s most distinguished and enduring literary figures. His poetic works, such as Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, She Walks in Beauty, Manfred, and Don Juan are still celebrated as exemplary canonical works. Byron became a pupil at Harrow in 1801 and began attending Trinity College, Cambridge in 1805. After privately printing a number of juvenile poems, he published his first volume of poetry, Hours of Idleness (1807), to largely negative reviews. This poor reception prompted him to respond with his first major satirical work, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809).