John Keats: A Poet and His Manuscripts

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In his brief lifetime, John Keats (1795–1821) published just three volumes of poetry: a collection of early verse in 1817; Endymion, a long and fairly unsuccessful poem in 1819; and a final collection in 1820, which included most of the poems for which he is now famous. For many years these anthologies contained all that the public knew of Keats, but over time it has become readily apparent that an extraordinary wealth of manuscripts lay behind these few volumes.

John Keats: A Poet and His Manuscripts presents, in chronological order, the surviving manuscripts of his finest poems and letters—often illustrated at actual size and in their entirety—providing a record of the poet’s visual processes of composition and offering a vivid portrait of his rich imagination and swift progress as a writer and thinker. Stephen Hebron, in his masterly introduction, offers the intriguing story of how Keats’s manuscripts were jealously guarded after his death, before they were finally bequeathed to public and private collections, revealing as much about the fame of the poet as the social and literary fashions of the past two-hundred years.

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Here, in this book, is a presentation of Keats's story: an account with pictures and in detail of his years as a medical student, his gift for friendship, his care for his brothers, and particularly for Tom whose death from tuberculosis preceded Keats's own, his walking tour to the English Lake District and into Scotland, his love, desperate, ecstatic and cut off by illness, and above all, his total and passionate commitment to poetry. Keats lived poetry: the reading of it, the writing of it. The Wordsworth Trust here places Keats's achievement within its cultural context with a special emphasis on the art - the paintings, the watercolours and the prints - that inspired him, and that he inspired.

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Stephen Hebron worked for many years at the Wordsworth Trust in Cumbria, England. He is the author of Wordsworth, Keats, and Romantics and the British Landscape, among other volumes.

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Book Description British Library Publishing, United Kingdom, 2009. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In his brief life, John Keats published just three volumes of poetry: a collection of early verse in 1817; a long, fairly unsuccessful poem, Endymion , in 1819; and a final collection in 1820, which included most of the poems for which he is now famous. For many years, these three anthologies contained all that the public knew about Keats, but over time it has become apparent that an extraordinary body of manuscripts lay behind these poems. Among the most revealing of literary manuscripts, they include not only early drafts of such celebrated poems as Ode to a Nightingale , but also letters to family, friends and fellow poets, such as Percy Bysshe Shelley, J.H. Reynolds and Leigh Hunt, in which Keats expressed his thoughts on poetry. Keats: His Life in Manuscripts presents, in chronological order, the surviving manuscripts of his finest poems and letters, often illustrated at actual size and in their entirety, thereby providing a unique visual record of the poet s creative processes. By looking directly at the poet s manuscripts, we can get a vivid sense of his rich imagination and restless, impulsive thinking. The accompanying commentary by Stephen Hebron explores each manuscript in detail, carefully tracing Keats swift progress as a writer and thinker. The manuscripts themselves have always been prized, and, in his thoughtful introduction, Hebron tells the intriguing story of how, after Keats death, his manuscripts were gathered together, jealously guarded, and finally bequeathed to public and private collections. Many collectors saw themselves as guardians of his legacy, and the ways in which they displayed or withheld his manuscripts, reveals much about the social and literary fashions of the last 200 years. Seller Inventory # ABE9780712349246

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