The Byron Society of America (BSA) is a non-profit literary organization founded in 1973 to study the life and works of the English Romantic poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), whose immense cultural impact extends from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Throughout its history, the Byron Society of America has welcomed members from across the United States and Canada. We sponsor programs and events, award travel grants to young scholars, and offer a variety of additional benefits to members including a subscription to the semi-annual Byron Journal, and the opportunity to participate in The International Byron Conference each year. The Society is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association and has been organizing programs in conjunction with the MLA Convention since 1973.
BSA is a member of the International Association of Byron Societies, which consists of independent Byron Societies located in forty countries.
The Byron Society Collection, founded by Marsha M. Manns and Leslie A. Marchand, was conceived of as a living collection to which Byron Society members and friends could contribute their own collections. Housed in Drew University’s special collections, the nearly 5,000 items present a material history of Byron’s literary and cultural impact from the 19th century to the present day. By nature the collection is interdisciplinary and is situated at the institutional intersection of the library and the museum. It is being developed for scholars, students, and individuals interested in the Romantic period in literature, in the Greek Revolution, in publishing history, in the decorative arts, and in cultural studies.