Meet our Authors: Nicholas Gayle – July 2017

Nicholas Gayle is a writer and independent research scholar specialising in poetry, first and foremost in Byron’s, but his deep interests also include Latin and Greek verse, classical Chinese Shi and Ci poetry, Shakespeare, Pope, W B Yeats and Hart Crane. Although originally trained as a pianist and teacher, he crossed over academically and professionally to become the Head of Classics at Exmouth Community College, UK, before becoming seduced by Byron’s poetry. This resulted in a further change, a determination to become an independent scholar devoted to writing about the poet’s work.

GayleNicholas is the author of four essays published over the last few years in The Byron Journal, and is currently working upon a book-length study of Byron’s last completed long poem, The Island, which will contain a transcription of the holograph, never before published. Following this, a work on the resonance of Shakespeare in Byron’s poetry is planned.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nicholas has authored Byron and the Best of Poets, which is “a must-read for all Byronists and Popeians” according to Professor Bernard Beatty, Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool, who adds that “this will and should also be read by scholars and anyone interested in literature”.

Nicholas explains why he chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars, citing the influence of the late Peter Cochran, who was a prolific writer on Byron studies:

“I am something of an accidental Byronist, being a scholar who wandered in from another field, discovering the extraordinary range, power and beauty of Byron’s poetry rather later in life than earlier; indeed, were it not for an inordinately large pile of ironing one afternoon—and searching around for something on YouTube to listen to as I dealt with it—I would not be writing this. While dashing away with a smoothing iron I was captivated listening to the exploits of one “Don Juan” and this led to some years of immersive study, followed by the rapid publication of four papers in The Byron Journal. From this emerged my first full-length book, a study of the influence of Alexander Pope upon Byron’s poetry, which pointed me in the direction of the excellent offices of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, well established as the publishers of the late lamented Peter Cochran, an editor par excellence of Byron.

“From the first I was struck by the speed and smoothness of the publication process. Acceptance of the book was rapid; courteous and efficient responses greeted any of the inevitable niggles that arose; and the combined support structure supplied by Victoria Carruthers, my Author Liaison at the beginning stages, the kind forbearance of the helpful Amanda Millar over the typesetting of what must have been a tricky book to produce, the friendly, accommodating responses of Sophie Edminson at Design, combined with the watchful and caring post-publication support supplied by the assistant publisher Anthony Wright made the whole experience stress-free and positive. I heartily commend Cambridge Scholars Publishing on their dedication and service and am happy to recommend them to scholars at whatever stage in their careers.

“So far, there have been two immensely positive results directly stemming from the book’s publication: a flattering review of it by Pat Rogers—perhaps the most highly regarded and eminent scholar of eighteenth century literary studies today—and an invitation to be one of the 50 contributing authors to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Lord Byron in the prestigious series of that name. I thus have much to thank Cambridge Scholars Publishing for.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Byron and the Best of Poets. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th August 2017.


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