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    Professor Charles E. Robinson, world-wide authority on Frankenstein, gives a presentation during the recent "Byron and the Book" conference.
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    From left, Bill Zachs, board member of the National Library of Scotland; Houghton Coordinator of Programs Peter Accardo; Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College; conference guest.

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    Houghton Coordinator of Programs Peter Accardo talks with Mary Oey, Lake Conservator for Houghton Library before Oey's presentation.
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    Tom Horrocks, left, Associate Librarian for Collections at Houghton Library, with David McClay, senior curator of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

August 2, 2010 - Over seventy Byron scholars and enthusiasts gathered last week for "Byron and the Book," a conference hosted by Houghton Library, Northeastern University, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Longfellow National Historic Site.

Participants heard forty papers on the Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) by scholars from ten countries.  Keynote addresses were delivered by Peter W. Graham, a professor of English at Virginia Tech and current president of the Byron Society of America; James V. Hart, a noted screenwriter and producer; and Christoph Irmscher, a professor of English at Indiana University and an authority on John James Audubon, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Louis Agassiz. 

At mid-week, Houghton Library hosted a reception for "'Let Satire Be My Song': Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," an exhibition mounted by conference co-convener and Houghton Library staff member Peter X. Accardo.