The effects of the loss of Dr Peter Cochran on 20 May 2015 on Byronists and Byron studies worldwide will be immeasurable.
Peter himself had for many years given up trying to summarise the huge range of his contributions, and his entries in the programmes for Byron events yield only bland overviews such as ‘Peter Cochran edits the works and correspondence of Byron on the International Byron Society website’ (London, 2013) and ‘Peter Cochran has written innumerable articles on Byron, edited Byron’s text for Garland and others, edits the Newstead Abbey Byron Review and is Research Fellow of the School of English of Liverpool University. He is currently working on an edition of Michael Rees’s translation of Teresa Guiccioli’s Lord Byron’s Life in Italy’ (Liverpool 2003). At Dublin in 2005 he mentioned that he had become a Senior Research Fellow at Liverpool and ‘hosts the celebrated Hobby O website’.
Last week, the world of Byron studies was shaken with the passing of Dr. Peter Cochran. Peter’s impact on generations of Byronists has been felt through seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the works, influences, and lives of Byron and those around him, as well as his countless edited collections, monographs, and online edition of the poet’s works and letters.
The IABS wishes to extend it deepest sympathy to Peter’s family and friends, and will be posting an obituary on the IABS website in the near future.
Announcements will be made by June 20, 2015.
Dr. Cochran has been instrumental in furthering Byron studies for over 20 years, and now he is quite ill.
Most if not all members of the IABS know, and hold in deep affection, Peter Cochran. Many students and scholars around the world have benefited enormously from his online scholarship on Byron - indeed, in many parts of the world his work has made the serious study of Byron possible, where it might otherwise not have been possible.
Everybody who studies Byron is indebted to this indefatigable, endlessly knowledgeable, scholar. And how many conferences, for many years, have been enlivened by his vivacious, wonderfully eccentric but deeply informed personal presence? Behind the scenes, he has helped to bring on, encourage and educate countless young Byron scholars. He is present everywhere in the Byron world. But those who know him will also be aware of his long-standing health problems, and he is now critically ill in hospital.
The IABS and the whole of its membership hopes this great man and distinguished Byron scholar will overcome his illness.