Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph (Hardback)
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Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 04/02/2021
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Dead at the tragically young age of twenty-five, John Keats has always been one of Britain’s most enigmatic poets and, in this superb biography, Miller elucidates a remarkable talent in the context of nine of his best known works. 

The epitaph John Keats composed for his own gravestone - 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water' - seemingly damned him to oblivion. When he died at the age of twenty-five, having taken a battering from the conservative press, few critics imagined he would be considered one of the great English poets two hundred years later, though he himself had an inkling.

In this brief life, Lucasta Miller takes Keats's best-known poems - the ones you are most likely to have read - and excavates their backstories. In doing so, she resurrects the real Keats: a lower-middle-class outsider from a tragic and dysfunctional family, whose extraordinary energy and love of language allowed him to pummel his way into the heart of English literature; a freethinker and a liberal at a time of repression; a human being who delighted in the sensation of the moment; but a complex individual, not the ethereal figure of his posthumous myth.

Combining close-up readings of his writings with the story of his brief but teeming existence, Lucasta Miller shows us how Keats made his poetry, and explains why it retains its vertiginous originality and continues to speak to us across the generations.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787331617
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Outstanding... [Miller's] knowledge of all things Keatsian is formidable... For newcomers to Keats, Miller's is the best short introduction I have come across.' - John Carey, The Sunday Times

'A readable guide to the poet's life.' - James Marriott, The Times

'[A] lively book.' - Helen Brown, The Daily Mail

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