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John Keats

by Robert Gittings

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"This is the most comprehensive life of Keats that has ever been written, and should prove the standard biography for many years to come. Robert Gittings has researched deeply both into the roots of Keats's life and works, which lie in England, and into his surviving manuscripts and letters which are now in the United States. The drama of the poet's life is vividly conveyed, as it was played out against the backdrop of his family, his friends and the literary giants of his time. This is a work not only of meticulous scholarship, but of much sensitivity and wisdom, from which the reader will gain both new knowledge and great enjoyment."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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The best biography since Colvin's "Life". Like Colvin (whom he quotes lavishly) Gittings has produced a very readable and erudite biography. He has written several other biographies of and books about Keats, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of his subject. This book should really have been the last biography produced about Keats, for it seems to contain every bit of information one could ever need. Alas, there have been others... Plenty of quotes from poems and letters enliven the pages, and there is an extensive bibliography for those wishing to read more. ( )
  nobby1 | Apr 22, 2010 |
968 John Keats, by Robert Gittings (read 5 Oct 1968) While not as good a biography of Keats as Aileen Ward's biography, this is a good work. Keats' life is of great interest. I have read these biographies of him:

765 John Keats: The Making of the Poet, by Aileen Ward (read 13 Jan 1964) (National Book Award arts and letters prize for 1964)
968 John Keats, by Robert Gittings (read 5 Oct 1968)
1784 John Keats, by Walter Jackson Bate (read 25 June 1983) (Pulitzer Biography prize for 1964) ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 28, 2009 |
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"This is the most comprehensive life of Keats that has ever been written, and should prove the standard biography for many years to come. Robert Gittings has researched deeply both into the roots of Keats's life and works, which lie in England, and into his surviving manuscripts and letters which are now in the United States. The drama of the poet's life is vividly conveyed, as it was played out against the backdrop of his family, his friends and the literary giants of his time. This is a work not only of meticulous scholarship, but of much sensitivity and wisdom, from which the reader will gain both new knowledge and great enjoyment."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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