Of all the English Romantic poets Byron is often thought of as the
one who was most familiar with the East. His travels, it is
claimed, give him a huge advantage with which contemporaries like
Southey, Moore, Shelley, and Coleridge, who had comparable
orientalist ambitions, could not compete. Byron and Orientalism
sets out to examine this thesis. It looks at Byron s knowledge of
the East, and of its religions in particular, in greater detail
than ever... more...