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How to Make a Soul - The Wisdom of John Keats

Wilson, Eric G

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ISBN 10: 0810131943 / ISBN 13: 9780810131941
Published by Northwestern University
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Title: How to Make a Soul - The Wisdom of John ...

Publisher: Northwestern University

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In this innovative hybrid of biography, memoir, and criticism, Eric G. Wilson describes how John Keats gave him solace during a bout of mental illness in spring 2012. While on a tour of the principal sites in Keats’s life—ranging from his London medical school to the small room in Rome where he died—Wilson discovered analogies between the poet’s troubles and his own. He was most struck by Keats’s enlivening vision of the soul.
For Keats, we don’t possess but rather make a soul. We do this by imaginatively transforming our suffering into empathy toward humans and nature alike. Tracking this idea in Keats’s tumultuous yet exhilarating life and work, Wilson struggles to envision his depression anew, desperate to overcome the apathy alienating him from his family.



How to Make a Soul
offers fresh perspectives on Keats’s pragmatism, irony, comedy, ethics, and aesthetics, but is above all a lyrical celebration of those galvanizing instances when life springs into art.

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ERIC G. WILSON is Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University. His previous books includeEveryone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why Can’t Look Away (2012), Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy(2009), a Los Angeles Times best seller, and The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace(Northwestern, 2010), among others. He and his work have been featured on NBC’sToday, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, and NPR’s All Things Consideredand Talk of the Nation, as well as in Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, theLos Angeles Times, and the New York Times.

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