Byron and Greek Love: Homophobia in 19th-century England by Louis Crompton
How important to Byron was the love of men - a love he found celebrated in classical literature? And how did his contemporaries regard such relations?
Making use of previously unpublished letters from the poet and his circle, Louis Crompton traces Byron's many homoerotic involvements, from his idealistic schoolboy enthusiasms to the unhappy love affair he was embroiled in at the end of his life.
Professor Crompton argues that Byron's sexuality was a motive for his first journey to Greece and his later ostracism and exile from England, and an important source for the mood of proud alienation that colours his serious poetry.
Paperback / 419 pages
Published by Gay Men's Press in 1998