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Baker & Taylor
Examines the short life of nineteenth-century English poet John Keats, stressing the political and social influences that shaped his world and his literature

Blackwell North Amer
John Keats (1795-1821) is one of the greatest and most loved of all English poets. Beyond the richness of his work, his poignant life has helped to define the modern paradigm of the poet's story.
The son of a stable keeper, Keats was orphaned as a boy. He trained as a doctor but gave up his profession for poetry. He contracted tuberculosis while nursing his brother through the fatal illness, and died in Rome at the age of twenty-five. Ardent, generous, and noble, he is a figure of tragic dimension.
Andrew Motion's dramatic and astute narration of one of the representative lives in English literature is the first new look at Keats in a generation. Unlike previous biographers, Motion pays close attention to the social and political contexts in which Keats came to maturity, and interleaves Keats's life with his work, making incisive use of Keats's letters.

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The award-winning author of Philip Larking: A Writer's Life examines the poignant, tragic short life of nineteenth-century English poet John Keats, stressing the political and social influences that shaped his world and his literature. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374181000
Branch Call Number: B Keats J Mo
Characteristics: xix, 636 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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debwalker Jun 11, 2011

"I am planning to read Keats, Andrew Motion’s biography of John Keats. It’s so big that I tried reading it in bed this winter, but I was afraid I would become drowsy and it would slip through my fingers and break my nose. It’s one of those incredibly monumentally detailed biographies where you find yourself on page 50 yelling, “Will someone please give birth to John Keats already!”

John Keats has a good old-fashioned wretched artist’s life: couch-surfing throughout England in a wet jacket and soggy top hat, catching terrible colds. The best thing about his sad biography is that it’s fun to relate to. You read it and think: I too am like John Keats. I too am underappreciated at work. Being stuck in traffic fills me with much more chagrin than other mortals can possibly know. I too am so painfully sensitive to beauty that I really shouldn’t be expected to do my own laundry. And the most we can ask of summertime is that the long colourful days will make us feel like a Romantic poet with thoughts so overwhelmingly lovely that they ought to be pinned like butterflies for posterity to marvel at."

Heather O’Neill


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