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John Keats by [Roe, Nicholas]
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'An astonishingly fresh and observant new biography, with a magical sense of shifting moods and places. Meticulously researched and precisely visualised, it produces a kind of hypnotic video portrait of Keats, day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour. The fine evocation of the poet's disturbed City childhood is brilliantly fed back into the complex imagery of the later poetry. Above all perhaps, Roe's deep knowledge of Keats's wide and raffish circle of London friends - Hunt, Haydon, Brown, Hazlitt, Lamb, Reynolds, Severn and all the others - makes us see the poet from multiple angles, in all his fierce contradictions, so sympathetic and so strangely modern.' - Richard Holmes, author of "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science"

"A fine biography full of the sharp sense of place and particularity that distinguishes Roe's earlier work" - Seamus Perry, "Literary Review"--Seamus Perry "Literary Review "

"Roe's is a remarkable achievement, authoritative and imaginative to a degree that should make all future Keats biographers quail./i>--John Carey "Sunday Times "

"There have been many fine biographies of Keats since the war.... But none, I think, conveys quite so well as this one the sense of Keats as a poet of the London suburbs. Roe reconstructs beautifully the milieu from which he and his friends all came, on the northern edge of the city where they had their day jobs and dreamed of fame."--Ferdinand Mount, "The Spectator"--Ferdinand Mount "The Spectator "

"This new book promises to become the definitive biography of one of the major Romantic poets. Keats has of course been well served by biographers, but what Roe adds to these Lives is his own superbly detailed, finely discriminating understanding of and research into the events of Keats's life, of individuals in his family and wider circle, and of the larger historical contexts in which the poet lived and wrote. The result is a book that supplements in countless minor details what is already known about the poet. For decades to come, readers and scholars of Keats will rely on the wealth of detail that Roe has uncovered and recorded."--Andrew Bennett, author of "Keats, Narrative and Audience: The Posthumous Life of Writing"--Andrew Bennett

"A wonderful work that has many new things to say about Keats, his extraordinary work and inner life. A finer biography is unlikely to emerge this year."--Ian Thomson, "Financial Times"
--Ian Thomson"Financial Times" (09/22/2012)

"Keats is still popularly thought of as wan and delicate, but Roe's biography firmly readjusts that. . . Roe's is a remarkable achievement, authoritative and imaginative to a degree that should make all future Keats biographer quail" --John Carey, " The Sunday Times"--John Carey"Sunday Times" (07/07/2013)

"Roe's determination to make us look again at the Keats we think we know is admirable."--Ian Pindar, "The Guardian"--Ian Pindar"The Guardian" (01/07/2013)

"Far from being the handkerchief dabbling swain of popular Romantic stereotyping, Roe gives us a picture of Keats that matches the 'Cockney poet' tag used by the then Tory press."--Michael Conaghan, "Belfast Telegraph"

--Michael Conaghan"Belfast Telegraph" (07/13/2013)

"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)

About the Author

Nicholas Roe is professor of English, University of St. Andrews. He is the author of numerous biographical and critical works on writers of the Romantic period. He lives in Scotland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4306 KB
  • Print Length: 507 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (14 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00942HRCY
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I am very much enjoying this closely written and highly researched biography of one of our great poets.I am learning so much more about him than I ever thought possible. Great scholarship in this book!
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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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