Dear Byronists, dear friends,

You participated in the International Byron Conference these last years or were in touch with me for any other reason related to Byron. I had the privilege to present my research about "Byron at the keyboard" (Tbilisi, 2014); the Byron concert at the Institut Hongrois in Paris, during the 2016 Byron conference; my further research in Mazeppa set to music (Yerevan, 2017), and Byron's influence on music writing (Ravenna, 2018).

The July 2016 concert was welcomed with such an enthusiasm and earned the musicians such a success that I decided to extend its reach by organising a studio recording of the programme and by writing substantial presentation notes about the composers and their works.

Byron’s Don Juan 200: A Bicentennial Symposium will be held on Friday, October 18 at 14 East Jackson Blvd (DePaul’s Daley building); rooms include 14E-805 and 806.

On Saturday, October 19, the conference convenes at the Chicago History Museum, on North and Clark.

Romanticists all over the world will be dismayed to learn that Rolf Peter Lessenich passed away suddenly in early February 2019.

Although he was approaching 80, he was still an indefatigable and prolific writer on a wide range of comparative literature, from the Classical tradition of Dryden and Pope to Romanticism and late Victorian decadence.

His well-meaning, erudite and ever-supportive voice will be sorely missed by his students, colleagues, friends and all those who had the privilege of being taught by him. And even if “poetry makes nothing happen,” as Auden was to write in his lament for Yeats’s death, Rolf Lessenich’s lectures, essays and books about literature have amply contributed to the knowledge, education and happiness of his ever-grateful students and friends.

Attached please find Norbert Lennartz's obituary.

The IABS is sad to announce the passing of a renowned poet, critic and Shelley scholar Michael O’Neill, who helped lead the International Association of Byron Societies for many years.

In addition to serving as chair of the Elma Dangerfield Prize for many years, Michael helped organize meetings for the IABS in London, Tbilisi, Beirut, Athens/Messolonghi, and, most recently, Paris, where he chaired sessions and gave a typically moving and inspirational lecture.

Michael had the ability to bring people together. His exchanges with Bernard Beatty and Timothy Webb in Paris stand out in my mind, as do his comments on transatlantic travel, and his spontaneous recitation of scraps of poetry in Parisian cafes. After one session in Paris, Michael quoted a line from John Berryman, then another from Percy Shelley, relishing their gifts with the authority and appreciation of a poet.

The Byron Society Collection at Drew University Library announces a call for applications for the inaugural Byron Society Collection 2019 Research Award. The Award, which is intended to promote research and scholarship by early career scholars, provides $1,000 for expenses relating to academic research at Drew University Library, home to the Byron Society Collection.

The Award supports scholars specifically intending to use the Byron Society Collection, including its extensive archival holdings, 19th and 20th-century objects of material culture, and rare books. Scholars in all disciplines are invited to apply. Early career scholars include post-Docs and untenured faculty within 5 years of completion of their degrees.

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed in confidence by the Byron Society Collection Research Award Committee. The Byron Society Collection 2019 Award recipient will be announced in October, 2018. The $1,000 award will need to used within the 2019 calendar year.