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John Keats

John Keats [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Roe
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"Roe's focus on Keats's early life challenges many of the things we think we know about the poet, bringing to the fore instead the sudden death of his father when he was very young, his mother's indecently hasty remarriage, and the family's social and financial decline. The impact of these events finds traces not only in the poetry, which Roe examines closely to show a truly radical poet in his challenging of traditional forms, but also in the later life, where is where we find a much more determined individual than we might have imagined."--Lesley McDowell, "Independent on Sunday"--Lesley McDowell"Independent on Sunday" (07/14/2013)

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This landmark biography of celebrated Romantic poet John Keats explodes entrenched conceptions of him as a delicate, overly sensitive, tragic figure. Instead, Nicholas Roe reveals the real flesh-and-blood poet: a passionate man driven by ambition but prey to doubt, suspicion, and jealousy; sure of his vocation while bitterly resentful of the obstacles that blighted his career; devoured by sexual desire and frustration; and in thrall to alcohol and opium. Through unparalleled original research, Roe arrives at a fascinating reassessment of Keats's entire life, from his early years at Keats's Livery Stables through his harrowing battle with tuberculosis and death at age 25. Zeroing in on crucial turning points, Roe finds in the locations of Keats's poems new keys to the nature of his imaginative quest.

Roe is the first biographer to provide a full and fresh account of Keats's childhood in the City of London and how it shaped the would-be poet. The mysterious early death of Keats's father, his mother's too-swift remarriage, living in the shadow of the notorious madhouse Bedlam—all these affected Keats far more than has been previously understood. The author also sheds light on Keats's doomed passion for Fanny Brawne, his circle of brilliant friends, hitherto unknown City relatives, and much more. Filled with revelations and daring to ask new questions, this book now stands as the definitive volume on one of the most beloved poets of the English language.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2671 KB
  • Print Length: 507 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0300124651
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (14 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00942HRCY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine, indeed. 31 Oct 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book and I found the author informative and his research seemed credible. It seems that much of Keats life has not previously been discussed as well as this author presents it. I very much enjoyed reading about his youth and his family. I also liked the material about his medical training in London. I haven't finished the book yet, but it's a very interesting read and it is well written. For lovers of Romantic poetry in English Literature, I highly recommend this biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date overview of Keats' life. 11 Aug 2013
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Indispensible for a Keats enthusiast. Many biographies have been written about this poet and Nicholas Roe freely admits to having borrowed from nearly all of them The most interesting aspect of the book is that it revises the steriotype; Keats was not the frail asthete of popular imagination. He was, amongst other unexpected things, an energetic hiker who walked long distances in Scotland.
At the least the book is a fascinating true story of a well known artist, at most it could change your whole perception of life in early19th century England.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Biography of Day to Day Life. 8 Jan 2014
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This biography is exceptional for its detail, which is sometimes overwhelming. There is so much information there, one is tempted to say 'too much information!' The style of writing is heavy at times and not always eaysy to read, especially in large doses, but Keats' life was a short one and this book will fill in every minute detail. The research that has gone into it is phenominal.It's quite an achievement to finish but if you do there is not much about his life that you do not know.
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