About the Author - Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824) was a British poet and peer. He is one of the major figures of the Romantic movement, and is regarded as being among the greatest of English poets. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narratives Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; much of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular. Byron was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, before he travelled extensively across Europe to such places as Ital...

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824) was a British poet and peer. He is one of the major figures of the Romantic movement, and is regarded as being among the greatest of English poets. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narratives Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; much of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular. Byron was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, before he travelled extensively across Europe to such places as Italy, where he lived for seven years in Venice, Ravenna, and Pisa after he was forced to flee England due to threats of lynching. During his stay in Italy, he would frequently visit his friend and fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence to fight the Ottoman Empire, and died leading a campaign during that war, for which Greeks revere him as a folk hero. He died in 1824, at the age of 36, from a fever contracted after the first and second sieges of Missolonghi. His one legitimate child, Ada Lovelace, was a founding figure in the field of computer programming based on her notes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Byron's extramarital children include Allegra Byron, who passed away in childhood, and possibly Elizabeth Medora Leigh, daughter of his half-sister Augusta Leigh.

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