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John Keats: A New Life Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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Mr. Roe's book catalogues the people, time, and place, extending his biography of Keats into a social, political, and economic history of England in early post-Napoleonic times, all of which is interesting in itself and useful in understanding Keats and his work.
One quibbles only reluctantly (I barely graduated from high school, and am not worthy to unlace Mr. Roe's well-worn hiking boots or diagram one of his sentences): Mr. Roe occasionally lapses into slang ("box-office smash") and the first-person voice, perhaps in order to be more accessible, but this could with time sound as creaky as "Dig those cool hepcats, man." The sources, almost all primary, are well-documented but never collected into a bibliography.
The typeface of the Yale edition is far too small, and even after a first reading the spine continues to crackle as if it is going to fall apart, none of which is Mr. Roe's fault of course! I would happily have paid more for larger volume with larger print and a quieter binding that does not remind one of Miss Pittypat calling to the long-suffering Uncle Peter for her smelling salts.
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He was 25 when he died. In his lifetime, he published all of 54 poems, and wrote a total of 150. He was seen by many as something of a radical, abandoning the poetry written by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Glynn Young
Too full of detail--not enough pace. More like a PHD thesis.Published 23 months ago by L V WATERHOUSE
I have waited a long time to find this book, and It was exactly what I expected. Many thanks - A+Published on March 3, 2014 by Steven Surprenant
Fine biography of a great poet. Carefully written and documented. The paperback edition is well-produced and will endure well.
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I've never seen more rubbish in my life, and everyone eats it up with a spoon because they want everyone to be a character out of reality TV show like Ozzy Osbourne or Kim... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Keats
This is a well written and thorough biography of Keats. I wish it had more on his life, and less just on his poetry. However it was good.Published on February 24, 2013 by Aria Ligi
Too much undigested information. Poorly thought out, so poorly written. A boring account of an important life. This biography fails utterly to do justice to a marvelous poet.Published on January 15, 2013 by Martin Kemp
This is my 2nd Keats biography. I doubt if this will be of much interest, but I had in my library the complete Keats poems and letters. I kept these beside me as I read Mr. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Steinway