Manfred
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  • Publication Date: March 15, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554813681 / 1554813689
  • 150 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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Manfred

  • Publication Date: March 15, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554813681 / 1554813689
  • 150 pages; 5½" x 8½"

A quintessential depiction of the Byronic hero, Byron’s poetic drama Manfred centers on the interior sufferings of its psychologically tortured title character, who is haunted by the death of his forbidden lover. A radically autonomous figure, Manfred rejects help from other human beings, refuses Christian absolution, and disdains dark supernatural entities far more powerful than he is. Despite (or perhaps in part also because of) scandalous associations between the work and Byron’s own tumultuous personal life, it was a considerable success from the start—and soon became far more than merely successful; Manfred exerted a powerful shaping force on the Romantic sensibility for decades after Byron’s death.

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition of Manfred is accompanied by a substantial selection of contextual materials including Byron’s original draft of the play’s conclusion; influences on the poem, such as Paradise Lost, Goethe’s Faust, and Vathek; examples of the Byronic hero from the poet’s other writings; a selection of contemporary reviews; and an excerpt from Man-Fred, a dramatic parody in which the protagonist is reimagined as a chimney-sweep.

Introduction

Manfred

In Context
Manfred’s Original Third Act
Literary Contexts

  • from John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667)
    from Anne Radcliffe, The Italian (1797)
    from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part One (1808)
    from Horace Walpole, The Mysterious Mother (1768)
    from William Beckford, Vathek (1786)

Byron’s Other Writings

  • Selected Letters to Augusta Leigh
    from The Corsair: A Tale (1814)
    “Prometheus” (1816)
    from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto the Third (1816)

Responses to Manfred

  • Contemporary English reviews
    • from The British Critic and Quarterly Theological Review (July 1817)
      from William Roberts, The British Review, and London Critical Journal (August 1817)
      from Francis Jeffrey, review of Manfred, The Edinburgh Review or Critical Journal (August 1817)
      from anonymous review of Manfred, The Gentleman’s Magazine (July 1817)
      from anonymous review of Manfred, The Lady’s Monthly Museum (August 1817)
      from anonymous review of Manfred, The Literary Gazette (June 1817)

    from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, review of Manfred, Über Kunst und Altertum (1820, written 1817)
    from Man-Fred (1834)
    from Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody (1883–91)

Our Editorial Team:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Barry Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of Virginia