Posthumous Keats : A Personal Biography
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.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 139.7 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 90.72g
- 09 Nov 2009
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"Plumly has written a book to last: worthy of its subject and commensurate with both words of its title." -- Robert Pinsky - Slate "Mr. Plumly writes beautifully and very movingly." -- Charles McGrath - New York Times "A beautiful book. . . . [W]hen Plumly turns his laser-like gaze on Keats' letters and his verse, the book is brilliant." -- Nicholas Delbanco - Los Angeles Times
About Stanley Plumly
Stanley Plumly is the author of many volumes of poetry as well as The Immortal Evening and Posthumous Keats. The winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, he is a professor at the University of Maryland and lives in Frederick, Maryland.