Comparisons of Scott and Byron, so natural to 19th century readers, are scarce nowadays.
Robert McColl received his doctorate from Liverpool University in 2006. From 2008-2010, he was Assistant Professor of English Literature at Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia, and, from 2010-2014, he was a Lecturer in English Literature at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. His research interests centre upon Byron and Romanticism, often in the context of exploring continuities between eighteenth and nineteenth century poetry and prose. Further research interests include Bob Dylan, folk and blues. He is presently a freelance literary moth.