A fresh interpretation of the great Romantic poet- this short biography, published in time for the bicentenary of Keats's death in 2021, separates the man from the myth.
Lucasta Miller is a biographer and critic, whose articles have appeared in a wide number of publications, especially the Guardian. She is the author of two previous books on nineteenth-century literature, The Bronte Myth and L.E.L.- the Lost Life and Mysterious Death of the 'Female Byron', and is currently an Honorary Research Associate at University College, London and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
Outstanding... [Miller's] knowledge of all things Keatsian is
formidable... For newcomers to Keats, Miller's is the best short
introduction I have come across. -- John Carey * Sunday Times
Miller disrobes the myth, while helping us to appreciate what she calls Keats's "vertiginous originality". As a wittily perceptive introduction to (or reminder of) the poet and his work, her book is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon. -- Miranda Seymour * Financial Times *
Lucasta Miller's task, which she carries out very successfully, is to strip away what we think when we think about Keats... This excellent book... enters an already crowded market of Keats biographies, but earns its place through its firm basis in precise reading. Miller is empathetic, and relishes Keats's best phrases. -- Philip Hensher * Spectator *
Lucasta Miller's brilliant life of Keats, told through a close reading of "nine poems and one epitaph", reminds us more than once of the way in which Keats can deploy Shakespearean techniques to stop us in our readerly tracks. A timely and fresh re-appropriation of Keats... satisfying, engaging and accessible. -- Rowan Williams * New Statesman *
Excellent... [Keats] challenges us to make up our own minds about the self-styled 'chamelion poet'. -- Claire Harman * Evening Standard *
A readable guide to the poet's life. -- James Marriott * The Times *
Creates a vivid picture of Keats's writing process. -- Conrad Landin * Islington Tribune *
An enlightening and perceptive introduction to (or reminder of) the great Romantic poet's life and work. * Financial Times *
[A] lively book. -- Helen Brown * Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2021* *
Miller reveals the life of a pugnacious, energetic, free-thinking poet. -- James Marriot and Robbie Millen * The Times, *Books of the Year* *