Tuesday, November 20, 2012

News at Eleven: [Nicholas] Roe rescues [John] Keats

from the soft-focus of romance and restores stars, brooks, fields and seasons to their anti-Classicist politics of the 19th century. In doing this, the book is a major work of literary rescue.

[Leigh] Hunt was the influential founder-editor of the weekly Examiner, a paper whose prestige and circulation rose astronomically when the editor was sent to prison for two years. The paper was edited from the jail cell that Hunt had splendidly wall-papered, re-painted, and fitted with a piano. A succession of illuminati, including Lord Byron and Thomas Moore, visited Hunt in jail and wrote letters of support.

from Irish Examiner: Poetry was an emotional and spiritual salve for tubercular physician Keats


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