Byron's Letters and Journals


edited by Leslie A. Marchand.Harvard University Press, $13.50. The fourth volume of Byron’s letters is subtitled “Wedlock’s the devil,” but contains less on wedlock than on the tragicomic minuet preceding his misguided marriage to the “very superior woman a little encumbered with virtue.” It contains a great many other matters as well, all, as usual, fascinating. Index, notes.