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Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography by [Plumly, Stanley]

Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography Kindle Edition

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Mr. Plumly writes beautifully and very movingly.--Charles McGrath

A beautiful book. . . . [W]hen Plumly turns his laser-like gaze on Keats' letters and his verse, the book is brilliant.--Nicholas Delbanco

Plumly has written a book to last: worthy of its subject and commensurate with both words of its title.--Robert Pinsky


"Posthumous Keats" is the result of twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England's greatest Romantic poets. John Keats' famous epitaph - 'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water' - helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. Keats, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-five, saw his mortality as fatal to his poetry and therein, Stanley Plumly argues, lies his tragedy: Keats thought he had failed in his mission 'to be among the English poets'.In this close narrative study, Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality - an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, "Posthumous Keats" is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet - a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393065731
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (17 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001XJ1PRY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,885,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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