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Lord Byron’s Don Juan is the greatest long poem to be published in English between Milton’s Paradise Lost and Tennyson’s In Memoriam. Rewriting the story of the famous seducer Don Juan, and trading on Byron’s own scandalous reputation, the poem is by turns farcical, satirical, thoughtful and moral. It’s also a virtuoso display of the poet’s art. In this lecture, Prof Tom Mole looks at Byron’s manuscripts, now in the National Library, to reveal the origins of the poem’s tremendous comic aplomb.