John Keats

John Keats

4.25 (66 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Paperback
By (author) 

List price: US$8.35

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


This sensitive and brilliant book, winner of the WH Smith Literary Award, is the most comprehensive life of Keats available. One of the great figures of Romanticism, Keats poured his tragically short and troubled life into creating poetry: in Robert Gittings's words, "With no other poet are the life and the works so closely linked". He offers insights into Keats's family background, his financial difficulties, illnesses and unhappy love affair with Fanny Brawne, interpreting evrey poem in the context of Keats's experience. Meticulously researched using original sources, this is the most complete picture of Keats that has ever appeared.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 40mm | 439.98g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 28pp b&w illustrations
  • 0141390549
  • 9780141390543

About Robert Gittings

Robert Gittings (1911-92) was bom in Portsmouth and was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford and Jesus College, Cambridge where he became a Fellow. A distinguished biographer and poet, Dr Gittings is also the author of Young Thomas Hardy to be published in Penguin Classic Biography in September 2001.
show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Apprentice years: Mr. Keats's origin; the infant legatee; the most placid period; nature's observatory; the well educated practitioner; the new era; standing apart. Part 2 Years of trial: pleasure's temple; a flowering laurel; the little boat; the cave of quietude; a man of achievement; numberless points; Solomon's directions; through the clouds; a man in the world. Part 3 The living year: the cloudy kings; where's the poet?; rich antiquity; in thrall; sparks of the divinity; gordian shapes; a quiet power. Part 4 The last year: unmeridianed; the death warrant; patient in illness; Mr. Keats leaves Hampstead; late of the city of Rome; epilogue to life; appendices - the Jennings and Sweetinburgh families, Keats's father, Keats and venereal disease, Keats's use of bawdy.
show more

Rating details

66 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 41% (27)
4 44% (29)
3 15% (10)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X