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Manuscripts of 'Don Juan', a poem by Lord Byron; with a fair copy of cantos VI, VII and VIII in the hand of Mary Shelley., c 1819-1823.

Identifier: MSS.43332-43333

Scope and Contents

'Don Juan' is one of the most significant poems by Lord Byron and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The first canto was published in 1819 by John Murray but, due to the controversial nature of the poem, the name of neither author nor publisher was on the title page. Disagreements over the later cantos of the poem led to the eventual break in the relationship between Byron and John Murray, his long-time publisher.

The material here consists of manuscripts of Byron of stanzas and fragments of ‘Don Juan’; with a fair copy of cantos VI, VII and VIII in the hand of Mary Shelley, with revisions by Byron.


  • Creation: c 1819-1823.


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The manuscript stanzas and fragments are placed before the fair copy of cantos VI, VII and VIII.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
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