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This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

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‘A masterly performance by the greatest literary biographer of his generation’ Oldie

In this kaleidoscope of stories spanning art, science and poetry, award-winning writer Richard Holmes travels across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers.

Central to this pursuit is a powerful evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and others almost lost: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Somerville, Germaine de Staël, Mary Wollstonecraft and Zélide. He investigates the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Coleridge, and the mad-visionary bard William Blake.

The diversity of Holmes’s material is testimony to his empathy, erudition and at times his mischievous streak. This is his most personal and seductive writing yet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007386949
  • ISBN 10: 000738694X
  • Imprint: William Collins
  • On Sale: 10/06/2016
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 39.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • BISAC3: ART / History / Romanticism

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