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THE period covered by Volume V. of Byron's Letters and Journals (April, 1820-October, 1821) includes the remainder of his residence in the Palazzo Guiccioli at Ravenna and the commencement of his stay in the Palazzo Lanfranchi at Pisa. Within these dates the Italian Revolution broke out and failed; Count and Countess Guiccioli were separated by Papal decree; the Gambas were exiled from Ravenna, and Byron followed their fortunes.
The excitement of these events stirred Byron's literary activity. In poetry he wrote the Fifth Canto of Don Juan, Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, The Two Foscari, Cain, Heaven and Earth, The Vision of Judgment, and The Blues. In prose, besides increasing his correspond. ence, he kept a Diary for January and February, 1821 (Chapter XXI.), filled a "paper-book” with “ Detached “Thoughts” (Chapter XXIII.), and wrote the Two Letters to John Murray on Bowles's Strictures upon Pope (Appendix III.).
Of the 183 letters, which belong to the period, and are printed in Volume V., 68 were unknown to Halleck,