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Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer Paperback – April 30, 1996
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Whether hunting for the Shelleys in Italy or pursuing Stevenson in the Cevennes, Holmes manages to convey the feeling that it does matter, that these people had their share in shaping European culture and literature.
However, there is a price to be paid if one aims to bring ghosts back to life. The author is ever balancing on the fine edge of cutting himself off from the present, of falling into the abyss of the past and never wake up again, and he is painfully aware of this.
Holmes seems to conceive of biography as a temporary annihilation of his own self in order to grasp the world that his subjects moved in. The literary outcome is a great and full picture. On a personal level, it is trauma.
This book will (if it is not already) be a classic for anyone remotely interested in reading or writing biography.
Again I found Holmes more interesting in writing about his own subjects than in writing about himself. In the chapter on Wordsworth and Mary Wollstonecraft , the chapter which explores the French Revolution and its proposed parallel in the anti- DeGaulle uprising in the 1960's Holmes tells of her fascinating and ultimately disastrous love- story with the much less well- known American writer Gilbert Imlay.
Along with the accounts of the lives of other creative figures, among them Shelley and the French writer Gerard Nerval Holmes enriches the work with reflections on the Art of Biography. I suspect for many these passages may constitute the most instructive part of the work.Read more ›
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Footsteps is a profound inquiry into biography, autobiography and the process of self knowledge.Published 6 months ago by Susan Grossman
As fascinating as the writers the author pursued, fluid prose and neat contexturalising with events in his own 60s and 70s life.Published 15 months ago by Ronnie Bosch
I loved every story he told in it, but the part about Mary Wollstonecraft was very interesting. I never knew that about her.Published 21 months ago by Timely Reminder
I have just reread this, and wanted to echo the other 5 star reviewers. When I originally read it, it spun me off into reading all the other books he mentioned, and helped me... Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by toronto
Entranced with the search of romantics in Europe, Holmes' first person narrative entranced me as he followed in the footsteps of Louis Stevenson's journey thru provincial France;... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Anna L. Tonna Brown
THIS BOOK WAS SUGGESTED TO ME AND I CONSIDER THE SUGGESTION A GIFT--NOT ONLY REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING STUFF ABOUT THE ROMANTICS STARTING WITH ROBERT L. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Joan Wood
Richard Holmes is one of the very best biographers of the romantic period whose works are set principally in Europe and especially England. Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by Bernard G. Elliker