John Keats

John Keats

A New Life

Book - 2012
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This landmark biography of celebrated Romantic poet John Keats explodes entrenched conceptions of him as a delicate, overly sensitive, tragic figure. Instead, Nicholas Roe reveals the real flesh-and-blood poet: a passionate man driven by ambition but prey to doubt, suspicion, and jealousy; sure of his vocation while bitterly resentful of the obstacles that blighted his career; devoured by sexual desire and frustration; and in thrall to alcohol and opium. Through unparalleled original research, Roe arrives at a fascinating reassessment of Keats's entire life, from his early years at Keats's Livery Stables through his harrowing battle with tuberculosis and death at age 25. Zeroing in on crucial turning points, Roe finds in the locations of Keats's poems new keys to the nature of his imaginative quest.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012
Description: xxiv, 446 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780300124651
Branch Call Number: 821.09 Kea


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ChristchurchLib Mar 19, 2013

"Challenges popular conceptions of the Romantic poet's sensitive and tragic nature to reveal Keats as a passionate man driven by ambition but challenged by doubts and jealousy. This book reassesses the poet's life from his formative years at his livery stables through his harrowing health struggles and early death." March 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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