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Keats / Andrew Motion

Motion, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 057117227X / ISBN 13: 9780571172276
Published by London : Faber, 1997
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Near fine cloth copy in a good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 636 pages; xxvi, 636p, [32]p of plates : ill, facsims, 1 map, 1 plan, ports ; 24cm. Subjects: Keats, John 1795-1821 - Biography. Poets, English - 19th century - Biography. Review: The most striking thing about this distinguished biography is that it is the work of a poet writing about a poet, and so a book about the writing of poetry. The facts of Keats's life are all here: the early loss of his parents, the unsympathetic guardian, his tender care for his siblings and his gruelling medical training at Guy's Hospital. A vivid picture emerges of intellectual and political friendships: of the radical influence of Leigh Hunt and William Hazlitt, of his harsh treatment by contemporary critics and his complex relationships with women. The heart of the book is Motion's analysis of Keats's search for a poetical identity. (Kirkus UK). 1 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 226107

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Title: Keats / Andrew Motion

Publisher: London : Faber

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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The outline of the story of John Keats's life is well known: the archetypal life of the Romantic genius, critically spurned and dying young. This biography aims to enrich the facts with an understanding of how Keats fitted into the intellectual and political life of his time. It includes detailed examination of significant friendships with anti-establishment figures such as Hazlitt and Hunt, and the closeness of Keats's own spirit to the ferment all around, as expressed in his poems. The book also presents information about his schooldays and medical training.


Whitbread Prize-winning biographer Andrew Motion (Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life) aims to broaden our understanding of John Keats (1795-1821) by paying close attention to the historical context in which he wrote and the political opinions he voiced. The poet was "of a sceptical and republican school," Motion argues, and Keats's work reflected his experiences "not just as a private individual, but socially and politically as well." This bracing reinterpretation stresses the vigor of Keats's character as well as his verse, burying for good the sentimental cliché of a sickly dreamer concerned only with art for art's sake.

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