Byron Bunch (Light in August) Byron Bunch is a character in William Faulkner’s 1932 novel, Light in August. He is a good and honest man, but he lives a life of guarded isolation, working at the mill six days a week and directing the choir on Sundays. His life is virtuous, but only because he does not allow himself any entanglement with the outside world. Then the pregnant Lena Grove happens into his life and turns it upside down. Suddenly Byron is in love, but good fellow that he is, he steps aside as she tries to bring the father of her child (now calling himself “Joe Brown”) back into her life. Now, however, Byron is beyond the protection of self-denial, and he becomes more and more attached to Lena. At the same time, his friendship with the defrocked minister, Hightower, is proving to be more fertile ground for personal expansion and growth, as Hightower probes into Byron’s desires and their associated motivations. Slowly it begins to dawn on Byron that the price of an engaged life will be high, but its rewards are even higher. He is tested when he is forced to fight Joe Brown, and, while he is trounced by the larger man, he passes his test with flying colors. He has reached out to another human being, he has connected, he has assumed the responsibilities of the committed life, and he is much the better man for it.
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Byron the Bear and his Balloon: The Story of Life and Loss (Naif J. Faris) - Coping with death is not easy for anyone, especially children. Follow Byron on his journey through finding friendship, and laughter. Grieve with Byron as he loses a good friend. Be there as he finds ways to smile again. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Byron the Bear and the Bully (Naif J. Faris) - Big, tall, short or small, being bullied can happen to us all. Byron the Bear is excited to start the new school year. What he doesn’t know is that Bryce, the school bully, is looking for his next victim. With help along the way, Byron finds the strength within to deal with his situation. Follow Byron the Bear as he realizes and in turn helps to teach others about diversity and acceptance. Recommended for ages 4-8.
The Adventures of Byron and Max: The Little Coyotes (Milton Davis) - A review of this book is unavailable at this time, but the title speaks for itself. Obviously it’s a story of two little coyotes and their adventures together. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Byron - Lord Byron (poet); Byron Allen (comic/businessman); Byron Cage (gospel singer); Byron Cherry (actor); Byron Dafoe (hockey player); Byron Fidetzis (Greek cellist and conductor); Byron Haskin (film director); Byron Leftwich (football player); Byron Nelson (golfer); Byron Scott (basketball coach); Byron White (U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Byron - Mel Harris (actress)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) - Lord Byron was a leading English poet and a leader of the Romantic Movement, some of whose most famous narrative works were “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” and “Don Juan”. He was also a social activist, calling upon Parliament to honor the claims of the Luddites, the revolutionary group who opposed the mechanization of labor. Almost as well known for his personal life as for his poetry, Byron was the subject of much gossip and rumor, from the scandal that he had an affair and fathered a daughter with his half-sister, to the numerous other illicit romantic liaisons he instigated in his short life, both with men and women, to his personal excesses and debts. Club-footed from birth, Byron was exceedingly self-conscious of his defect, while being very vain about his good looks and his height (5’11”). It is said that he wore curlers in his hair at night, that he was a strict vegetarian who occasionally ate red meat and then purged. He was aware of his notoriety and seemed to revel in being the living epitome of the “Byronic hero”. His wife coined the term “Byromania”, referring to all the public attention that he got – as the precursor of today’s super celebrities. Lord Byron fathered at least two daughters, one by his short lived marriage to Annabella Milbanke Byron, another as the result of an affair, and possibly a third, the daughter his half-sister gave birth to. When his marriage ended, Byron spent the last eight years of his life abroad, where a somewhat more forgiving societal rule prevailed. In 1824, while preparing to join the Greek uprising against Ottoman rule, he contracted a fever, was subjected to bloodletting, and finally died in Greece, where he is revered as a national hero. It took somewhat longer for such status to attach to him in his homeland, but in 1969, a mere 145 years after his death, a memorial to George Gordon, Lord Byron, was finally placed in Westminster Abbey. Oh, those impulsive Brits!