Walking North with Keats

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9780300048247: Walking North with Keats

In 1818, when Keats was 22-years old, he and his friend Charles Brown embarked on a walking tour through northern England, Ireland and Scotland, starting in Lancaster and finishing 44 days and over 600 miles later, in Scotland, just north of Inverness. The book recreates Keats' tour and consists of three sections. In an informative introduction, Carol Kyros Walker discusses Keats' circumstances and places his trip in the context of the social and political events of the time. At the centre of the book are over 150 photographs, many in colour, taken by Walker as she retraced Keats' footsteps and tried to simulate the circumstances under which Keats would have viewed the scenes, photographing on the date and time of day of his arrival. Finally there are the letters and poems that Keats wrote during the tour and the journal that Brown later published, all annotated to relate them both to Keats' other works, and to the contemporary circumstances of the journey. The tour, which Keats envisaged as a prologue to his future writing, had dire consequences for his health and probably hastened his death three years later. Yet it inspired a sequence of lively letters and poems that reveal a high-spirited, curious, reflective, occasionally bawdy and immensely gifted young writer.

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This book focuses on a 44-day walking tour that John Keats and friend Charles Brown made in 1818 through northern England, Ireland, and Scotland. It includes an introduction presenting highlights of Keats's early life and family, an overview of the period's travel literature, and a synopsis of the trip's events. Photographs of locations that Keats and Brown visited comprise a major portion of the book, followed by the letters and poems written during the journey. These short pieces, which reveal Keats's considerable potential, make a wonderful travel journal, complete with playful ballads, poetic descriptions, and everyday concerns about sore feet and poor food. Walker provides enlightening and extensive annotation for Keats's text as well as for her photographs. These comments, giving explanations and background information, enhance the material by Keats. Readers should not be misled by the book's coffee-table format; it is a valuable addition to Keats scholarship.
- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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