'If the art of biography was ever damned, Shelley: The Pursuit redeemed it.' New York Times 'The best biography of Shelley ever written ... The great emphasis that Mr. Holmes lays on Shelley's politics, philosophy and social activities corrects the usual view of an extraordinarily idealized, etheral, spiritualized kind of poetry combined with an extraordinarily incoherent life... He has taken the Shelley story out of the realm of myth and made it far more convincing and significant.' Sir Stephen Spender
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About the Author
RICHARD HOLMES was born in London in 1945 and educated at Churchill College, Cambridge. Shelley: The Pursuit
, his first book, appeared in 1974. It won the Somerset Maugham Award and was described by Stephen Spender as "surely the best biography of Shelley ever written...an extraordinary achievement." Among Holmess other works are a two-volume biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge: Early Visions
(1989) and Coleridge: Darker Reflections
(1998); Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage
(1993); and Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
(1985), which Michael Holroyd has called "a modern masterpiece which will be seen as revolutionary a work as Lytton Stracheys Eminent Victorians
." Richard Holmes is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1992 was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.