"Moore's Biography of Byron: Strategy, Reception, Influence" examines and analyzes Moore's 1830-31 two-volume Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of His Life, the most influential and important life of Byron written prior to Leslie A. Marchand's Byron: A Biography (1957).  Long before Byron's death in 1824 Byron chose his close friend Thomas Moore to be his biographer in the event of his early demise, sending him journals and other materials for that purpose as early as 1813.  Byron entrusted Moore with his Memoirs in 1819, hoping that he would use them to defend Byron's reputation and legacy after his death, so after Byron's friends and relatives forced Moore to destroy the Memoirs, Moore felt both morally and financially obligated to write an apologia for Byron that would put to rest all the rumors and slanders obscuring the facts regarding his friend's life.  Using many unpublished letters from Moore to such people as John Murray, Jean-Antoine Galignani (the French publisher), and Colonel Thomas Wildman, the new owner of Newstead Abbey, my article traces Moore's exhaustive attempts to gather information about Byron in the face of resistance and outright hostility from many of Byron's associates.  I examine Moore's strategy in writing the biography, exploring the ways in which he attempted to defend Byron, discredit his detractors, explain his psychology, and permanently establish a particular interpretation of Byron's life and art.  My article recounts the events surrounding the publication of each volume of Moore's book, examining many reviews and articles from contemporary journals and newspapers in order to gauge the kind of reception it received from readers in England.  Finally, I discuss the lasting influence of Moore's Byronic myth upon our modern understanding and representations of Byron.