Keats : a brief life in nine poems and one epitaph / Lucasta Miller
Book | Alfred A. Knopf | 2022 | First American edition.
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Edition
First American edition.
Description
353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-337) and index.
Contents
Prologue: Body and soul -- On first looking into Chapman's Homer -- "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" (from Endymion) -- Isabella; or, the pot of basil -- The eve of St. Agnes -- La belle dame sans merci : a ballad -- Ode to a nightingale -- Ode on a Grecian urn -- To autumn -- Bright star! -- Epitaph: Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
Summary
"A new biography of John Keats that uncovers the reality of his imagination within the context of his time"-- Provided by publisher.
"The epitaph John Keats composed for his own gravestone - 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water' - seemingly damned him to oblivion. When he died at the age of twenty-five, having taken a battering from the conservative press, few critics imagined he would be considered one of the great English poets two hundred years later, though he himself had an inkling. In this brief life, Lucasta Miller takes Keats's best-known poems - the ones you are most likely to have read - and excavates their backstories. In doing so, she resurrects the real Keats: a lower-middle-class outsider from a tragic and dysfunctional family, whose extraordinary energy and love of language allowed him to pummel his way into the heart of English literature; a freethinker and a liberal at a time of repression; a human being who delighted in the sensation of the moment; but a complex individual, not the ethereal figure of his posthumous myth. Combining close-up readings of his writings with the story of his brief but teeming existence, Lucasta Miller shows us how Keats made his poetry, and explains why it retains its vertiginous originality and continues to speak to us across the generations." -- Amazon.com.
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Other Editions:
Reproduction of (manifestation): Miller, Lucasta. Keats London : Jonathan Cape, 2021 (DLC) 2020478142
Other Form:
Online version: Miller, Lucasta. Keats First American edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022 9780525655848 (DLC) 2021020621
ISBN
9780525655831 (hardcover)
0525655832 (hardcover)
9780525655848 (ebook)
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