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Roe, Nicholas
John Keats : a new life / Nicholas Roe
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2012
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Subject Keats, John, 1795-1821
Subject(s) Poets, English -- 19th century -- Biography
Physical Description xxiv, 446 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-428) and index
Contents Early years, 1795-1814. Birthplaces ; School ; Bridge -- Guy's Hospital, 1814-1817. Southwark ; Bright and dark ; 'J.K., and other communications' ; An era ; Wild surmises ; Saturnalia ; Lancet -- The year of "Endymion," 1817. Strange journeys ; Fellowship ; 'Z' ; Immortal dinners -- Roads of the dead, 1818. Dark passages ; Walking north ; Sleepless nights -- Conjunctions, 1819. ditto, ditto ; Ever indolent ; Hope and chance -- Consumption, 1819-1821. Repasts ; A now ; Regions of poetry ; Eternal road ; Terminalia
Summary This biography of celebrated Romantic poet John Keats explodes entrenched conceptions of him as a delicate, overly sensitive, tragic figure. Instead, the author 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 much original research, the author arrives at a 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, the author finds in the locations of Keats's poems new keys to the nature of his imaginative quest. In this book, the author provides a full and fresh account of Keats's childhood in the City of London and how it shaped the would-be poet. The mysterious early death of Keats's father, his mother's too-swift remarriage, living in the shadow of the notorious madhouse Bedlam, all these affected Keats far more than has been previously understood. The author also sheds light on Keats's doomed passion for Fanny Brawne, his circle of brilliant friends, hitherto unknown City relatives, and much more. Filled with revelations and daring to ask new questions, this is a biography of one of the most beloved poets of the English language
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