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Finished the Grosskurth bio; wrote up a preliminary Byron lecture. Will fill in from other sources: Eisler bio, Byron & the Victorians, etc.

Progress on Don Juan -- up to book VI. Although it's v. funny, sense of humor sometimes does me in, as seems rather sophomoric. Suspect if Byron could have gotten over his class snobbery (and into a time machine) he would have enjoyed Seth Rogen comedies. Also, as all the naughty bits are glossed over, hard to conceive of the scandal -- but then not, compared to Victorian texts.

Reading: Three Oriental Tales, ed. Alan Richardson.
Frances Sheridan, History of Nourjahad. 1767. Mother of the playwright; moral tale, uses orientalism to distance and to make "pleasures" more acceptable.
William Beckford, Vathek. 1786. Can only be described as a total hoot. Characters are as evil and incompetent as Melmoth the Wanderer. V. v. over the top, image after image and scene after scene. As Beckford was exiled from England for sodomy, would expect more homoeroticism. Probably critics will locate it for me.

Halfway through Vathek at the moment.
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