Peter Cochran
9th Feb 1944 – 20th May 2015

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“Ever a provoker of original thought and raconteur of the unusual. His unconventional viewpoint was always a delight”.

Peter Cochran in Messolonghi, Greece

After suffering from ill health for many years, Peter died peacefully with us his family, knowing that he was loved and appreciated. We’ve been overwhelmed and deeply moved by the responses to Peter’s illness and death. So many thoughtful messages have been sent from all over the world, from those who have appreciated his work, who he’d encouraged and inspired with his love of drama, literature especially Byron.

We’re grateful for all the messages, they’ve been helping us in a very difficult time, Emily, Abi and Clarissa Cochran (daughters and ex. wife) Feel free to contact us here

We’ll continue adding details of his recent works to this website, and try to make things easier to find!. . .


Essays on Byron in Honour of Dr Peter Cochran: Breaking the Mould


Editors: Malcolm Kelsall, Peter Graham, Mirka Horová

Contributors: Malcolm Kelsall, Peter Graham, Jerome J. McGann, Mirosława Modrzewska, Maria Schoina, Itsuyo Higashinaka, Bernard Beatty, Jane Stabler, Shobhana Bhattacharji, Mirka Horová, John Gardner, Christine Kenyon Jones, Andrew Stauffer, J. Drummond Bone, Jack G. Wasserman, David McClay.


Byron wrote that he was “born for opposition”. This collection of essays takes Byron at his word and explores ways in which he challenged received opinion in his lifetime. The essays also challenge commonplace attitudes in criticism of Byron today. In this, the volume honours the remarkable range of work of the late Dr Peter Cochran. The matters covered here are Byron’s poetics, his ideology, and the principles and practice of editing his texts. Jerome J. McGann opens the poetics section by examining lyric writing in a Byronic perspective. In the lead essay on ideology, Bernard Beatty asks whether we should rethink Byron as a whole. A substantial addition to Byron’s correspondence is made by Andrew Stauffer beginning the editing section. In all, this book gathers original contributions from sixteen international scholars and friends of Peter Cochran. The accessible, engaging style makes their work suitable for all readers of Byron, as well as undergraduates and professional academics.

Available on or Amazon

Books By Peter Cochran



Byron, Napoleon,
J.C. Hobhouse,
and the Hundred Days.
Available now from Amazon


and Byron.

Available now from Amazon


The Farmer’s Boy by
Robert Bloomfield:
A Parallel Text Edition.
Available now from Amazon

Small Screen Shakespeare
Available now from Amazon
Edited by Peter Cochran
Available now from Amazon
Edited by Peter Cochran
Available now from Amazon
Byron and Bob by Peter Cochran

Byron and Bob
by Peter Cochran
Available now from Amazon

Byron and Hobby-O by Peter Cochran

Byron and Hobby-O
by Peter Cochran
Available now from Amazon

Byron and women (and men) by Peter Cochran

Byron and women
(and men)
edited by Peter Cochran
Available now from Amazon

More books >>

Byronic Book Reviews >>

Richard Lansdown – 
The Cambridge Introduction to Byron

Atara Stein  – 
The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction and Television
Matthew J.A.Green and Piya Pal-Lapinski (eds.)
Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror

Coroline Franklin – 
The Female Romantics: Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists and Byronism

Geoffrey Bond – 
Lord Byron’s Best Friends: from bulldogs to Boatswain & beyond

Roderick Beaton –
Byron’s War