Life of John Keats

Life of John Keats

Life of John Keats

Life of John Keats

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A major biography of John Keats has remained unpublished for nearly a century. It is the Life of John Keats, the first biography of the poet, written by Charles Brown. Diligent scholars in the Keats field have unearthed letters, fragments of poems, source material, anecdotes, and relics of the most minute nature. Numerous biographers have given the best of their creative geniuses to an exposition and interpretation of his life and poetry. Critics have delved into the suggestion behind each allusion, figure, and doubtful passage. Anything that was or is John Keats has been made accessible by publication. Yet, paradoxically, the story of his life as written by the man who lived with him during the creation of his greatest poetry has continued to remain in manuscript. Later writers may have usurped Charles Brown's place as biographer through their greater scholarship and literary talent, but no biography can approach in freshness and intimacy the account by that friend who shared his home, his income, and his life with John Keats.

Details concerning the meeting of Keats and Brown are lacking; it occurred, according to Brown, 'in the latter part' of the summer of 1817, when the three Keats brothers, John, George, and . . .

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