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    DescriptionRichard Holmes's great work of biographical exploration, published alongside its sister volume 'Sidetracks'. In 1985, Richard Holmes published a small book of essays called Footsteps and the writing of biography was changed forever. A daring mix of travel, biographical sleuthing and personal memoir, it broke all the conventions of the genre and remains ons of the most intoxicating, magical works of modern literary exploration ever published. Sleeping rough, he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson's famous journey through the Cevennes. Caught up in the Parisian riots of the 1960s, he dives back in time to the terrors of Wordsworth and of Mary Wollstonecraft marooned in Revolutionary Paris and then into the strange tortured worlds of Gerard de Nerval. Wandering through Italy, he stalks Shelley and his band of Romantic idealists to Casa Magni on the Gulf of Spezia.


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    Title
    Footsteps
    Subtitle
    Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007204533
    ISBN 10: 0007204531
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    DC22: 914.04558
    BIC subject category V2: 1D
    Thema V1.0: WTL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, 2 maps, ports.,
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    15 August 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Holmes is Professor of Biographical Studies at the University of East Anglia, and editor of the Harper Perennial series Classic Biographies launched in 2004. His is a Fellow of the British Academy, has honorary doctorates from UEA and the Tavistock Institute, and was awarded an OBE in 1992. His first book, Shelley: The Pursuit, won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1974. Coleridge: Early Visions won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year, and Dr Johnson & Mr Savage won the James Tait Black Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award. He has published two studies of European biography, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer in 1985, and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer in 2000.
    Review quote
    This exhilarating book, part biography, part autobiography, shows the biographer as sleuth and huntsman, tracking his subjects through space and time.' HILARY SPURLING, Observer 'Nothing is simple in this intricate, complicated and fascinating book, which is like a set of Russian dolls, biography containing travel-writing containing autobiography containing and so on... Holmes is indeed a biographer and a romantic in every sense.' RICHARD BOSTON, Guardian