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THE SPIRIT OF PLACE IN KEATS. Hardcover – 1955


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  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: [London] Newman Neame; 1st edition edition (1955)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006D6N9S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,912,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aeolian Harp on 11 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book, published in 1955 is an absolute gem and a must for any Keats collector.
The inside covers show a map of Hampstead ( in an attractive pale blue background) at the time John lived there, with his home and those of his friends marked. It is a biography with a difference- the structure focuses on the places John lived in and stayed at. It traces his birth place, childhood homes and meanders through the places he visited and stayed, showing their influences on his poems.

Written in a highly readable style ( with obvious affection and respect for John Keats) Guy Murchie took great effort to research the life and times of the poet- avoiding over speculation and concentrating on the evidence( letters and memoirs etc).

He makes a very interesting observation in that the crafticant in "The Cap and Bells" seems to anticipate air travel ( an observation I am in agreement with)- which no other biographer has done as yet.

There are some charming photographs of places in the life of the poet, including the delightful Old Mill House in Bedhampton ( the place where John spent his last ever night in England).

The inclusion of appendices at the end of the book are also of interest- they include a section of the appearance of the poet and his family background.

Highly recommended!
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