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Robert Byron (1905 - 24 February 1941) was a British travel writer, best known for his travelogue The Road to Oxiana. He was also a noted writer, art critic and historian.

Byron was born in 1905, and educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford, from which he was expelled for his hedonistic and rebellious manner. He was best known at Oxford for his impersonation of Queen Victoria. He died in 1941, during the Second World War, when the ship on which he was travelling was torpedoed by a U-Boat off Cape Wrath, Scotland, en route to Egypt.

Byron's The Road to Oxiana is considered by many modern travel writers to be the first example of great travel writing. It is an account of Byron's ten-month journey to Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-34 in the company of Christopher Sykes. Byron had previously travelled to widely different places; Mount Athos, India, the Soviet Union, Tibet. However it was in Persia and Afghanistan that he found the subject round which he forged his style of modern travel writing, when he later came to write up his account in Peking, his temporary home.

Writer Paul Fussell wrote in his 1982 book Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between The Wars that The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book what "Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry." Travel writer Bruce Chatwin has described the book as "a sacred text, beyond criticism," and carried his copy "spineless and floodstained" on four journeys through central Asia.

However, in his day, Byron's travel books were outsold by those of writers Peter Fleming and Evelyn Waugh.

An appreciation of architecture is a strong element in Byron's writings and he was a forceful advocate for the preservation of historic buildings, and was a founder member of the Georgian Group. A philhellene, he was also amongst the pioneers in a reinterest in Byzantine History and has been called 'one of the first and most brilliant of twentieth century philhellenes'.

He attended the last Nuremberg Rally, in 1938, with Nazi sympathiser Unity Mitford. Byron knew her through his friendship with her sister Nancy Mitford, but he was an outspoken opponent of the Nazis.

Robert's great, though unreciprocated, passion was for Desmond Parsons, younger brother of the 6th Earl of Rosse, who was regarded as one of the most magnetic men of his generation. They lived together in Peking, in 1934, where Desmond developed Hodgkin’s Disease, of which he died in Zurich, in 1937, when only twenty-six years old. Robert was left utterly devastated.

Robert died aged 35 in 1941 after his ship, the SS Jonathan Holt, was torpedoed by a u-boat in the North Atlantic. His body was never found.

Prince Charles read Byron's prose All These I Learnt on BBC Radio 4 on National Poetry Day, 5 October, 2006.

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Total Books: 25
Europe in the Looking Glass
2012 - Europe in the Looking Glass (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843913573
ISBN-10: 1843913577
Genres: Reference, Travel

First Russia Then Tibet Travels through a Changing World
2011 - First Russia Then Tibet Travels Through a Changing World (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781848854246
ISBN-10: 1848854242
Genres: Reference, Travel

The Station Travels to the Holy Mountain of Greece
2010 - The Station Travels to the Holy Mountain of Greece (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781848855076
ISBN-10: 1848855079
Genres: Reference, Travel

The Byzantine Achievement An Historical Perspective CE 330-1453
2010 - The Byzantine Achievement an Historical Perspective Ce 330-1453 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781604190267
ISBN-10: 1604190264

The Road To Oxiana
2010 - The Road to Oxiana [Vintage Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780099523888
ISBN-10: 0099523884
Genre: Travel

Phoenix The Station Athos Treasures and Men
2001 - Phoenix the Station Athos Treasures and Men (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781842122082
ISBN-10: 1842122088
Genres: History, Reference, Travel, Christian Books & Bibles

La via per l'Oxiana
2000 - La VIa Per L'oxiana (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788845915741
ISBN-10: 8845915743

Architectural Review New Delhi
1997 - Architectural Review New Delhi (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788120612860
ISBN-10: 8120612868
Genre: History

Letters Home
1991 - Letters Home (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780719549212
ISBN-10: 0719549213
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference

Route d'Oxiane
1990 - Route D'oxiane (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782876530423
ISBN-10: 2876530422

First Russia Then Tibet
1985 - First Russia Then Tibet (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140095197
ISBN-10: 0140095195

Road to Oxiana
Road to Oxiana (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780224610681
ISBN-10: 0224610686

The Byzantine Achievement An Historical Perspective AD 330-1453
The Byzantine Achievement an Historical Perspective Ad 330-1453 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780710213921
ISBN-10: 0710213921
Genre: History

The Station Athos Treasures and Men
The Station Athos Treasures and Men [Traveller's] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780712603393
ISBN-10: 0712603395

Birth of Western Painting
Birth of Western Painting (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780878170050
ISBN-10: 0878170057