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Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt Paperback – 20 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico (20 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712602240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712602242
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Roe is the author of critically acclaimed biographies and studies including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. Born in England's West Country, he was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and Trinity College, Oxford, before joining the English Department at Queen's University, Belfast. He is now Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chair of the Keats Foundation, Keats House, Hampstead. He lives in Scotland and Malta.

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"Roe is an exceptionally shrewd critic of Romanticism - uncannily alert... everything he says is well-turned and reliably clever" (Andrew Motion Guardian)

"Roe provides as complete a portrait as we are likely to get of Hunt’s first 37 years" (Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph)

"Roe offers a meticulous and thorough account of Hunt’s significance in the literary culture of the Regency era" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Roe is a seasoned Romantic scholar who offers an impassioned account of Hunt's 'first life'" (D J Taylor Sunday Times)

"Roe's biography is an absorbing account of English intellectual culture in the early 19th century" (Evening Standard)

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The first biography since 1930 of one of the most influential and charismatic figures in the political and cultural life of the 19th century.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina-Jo Rees on 24 Jun 2012
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This book is difficult to get into, something about the style. It didn't draw me in and although I am very interested in Leigh Hunt and Romanticism generally, I gave up. I preferred Anthony Holden's The Wit in the Dundeon. It held my attention, seemd better written and researched.
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