Magazine August 10, 2009, Issue

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Detail of a portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall (1813) (National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia Commons)

Loose Facts, and Women
David Pryce-Jones’s elegant essay “The Dark Lord” (July 6) provided a wealth of fascinating and disturbing insights into the character of Lord Byron. But Pryce-Jones is in error when he gives the title character of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni credit for seducing “a thousand and three” Italian women. When Laporello, the Don’s servant, mockingly sets forth the catalogue of his master’s sexual conquests, the Don is credited with a mere “six hundred and forty” in sunny Italy; he scored “a thousand and three” times in Spain. My Italian ancestors would want it known that, while their women

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