• As to Don Juan, confess that it is the sublime of that there sort of writing; it may be bawdy, but is it not good English? It may be profligate, but is it not life, is it not the thing? Could any man have written it who has not lived in the world? and tooled in a post-chaise? in a hackney coach? in a Gondola? against a wall? in a court carriage? in a vis a vis? on a table? and under it?

    On 'Don Juan' in a letter to Douglas Kinnaird, October 26 1819: L. A. Marchand (ed.) 'Byron's Letters and Journals' vol. 6 (1978)