Byron's Don Juan

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One writer who has not recieved nearly enough credit for his works is George Gordon, who later became known as Lord Byron. This is the man who wrote his own poetical version of Don Juan. Don Juan is a man who is known for being able to arouse the desires of women and to love every one he meets. This Don Juan can be viewed, however, as a loosely disguised biography of Byron.

Lord Byron's father, Captain John, has ancestors that go back as far as the Buruns in the time of William the Conqueror. Back in this time it was very common for people to marry their own cousins. Captain John was married three times and was considered to be very smooth with the ladies.

Byron was born on January 22, 1788 in London, and the following year he and his mother moved to Aberdeen, Scotland. His father soon followed, but it wouldn't be long before he would disappear to France and end up dying in 1791.

It was just as well because his parents never got along very well.

In Lord Byron's early years he experienced poverty, the ill-temper of his mother, and the absence of his father. By 1798 he had inherited the title of 6th Baron Byron and the estate of Newstead Abbey. Once hearing this news, he and his mother quickly removed to England.

All of Byron's passions developed early. In 1803 he had his first serious and abortive romance with Mary Chaworth. At the age of15 he fell platonically but violently in love with a young distant cousin, Mary Duff (Parker 10). He soon had another affair with a woman named Mary Gray. Soon hereafter he was involved with many liaisons with such women as Lady Caroline Lamb and then Lady Oxford.

Then just...