June 8, 2011

Lord Byron In Court

Leslie Katz has published Lord Byron, Copyright and the Demons of the Law. Here is the abstract.

On six separate occasions between 1816 and 1823, legal proceedings were begun or, at least, contemplated for the purpose of stopping the sale of an unauthorized edition of a published work that had been written by Byron. The paper discusses those six occasions.

On a further five occasions between 1816 and 1824, legal proceedings were begun that involved Byron’s literary output (or claimed literary output) in some other way. The paper discusses those five occasions too.
The paper includes four satirical prints showing respectively Byron, John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Chancellor Eldon and William Benbow, which prints were created by leading printmakers of the day.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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