Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography

Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography


By (author) Stanley Plumly

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 28mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 9 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393337723
  • ISBN 13: 9780393337723
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 614,027

Product description

John Keats's famous epitaph-"Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water"-helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. In this close narrative study, Stanley Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality, an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, Posthumous Keats is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet-a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status.

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Author information

Stanley Plumly is the author of many volumes of poetry as well as a biography, Posthumous Keats. The winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, he lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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"A beautiful book... [W]hen Plumly turns his laser-like gaze on Keats' letters and his verse, the book is brilliant." -- Nicholas Delbanco "Mr. Plumly writes beautifully and very movingly." -- Charles McGrath "Plumly has written a book to last: worthy of its subject and commensurate with both words of its title." -- Robert Pinsky