This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

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About the Author

Richard Holmes is the author of The Age of Wonder, which won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was one of The New York Times Book Review's Best Books of the Year. His balloon book, Falling Upwards, was a New Republic Best Book of the Yearand one of Time Magazine's Top 10 Non-fiction Books of the Year. His other biographies include Shelley: The Pursuit (winner of the 1974 Somerset Maugham Prize), Coleridge: Early Visions (winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award), Coleridge: Darker Reflections (an NBCC finalist), and Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage (winner of the 1993 James Tait Black Prize). This Long Pursuit completes the autobiographical trilogy begun in Footsteps (1985) and Sidetracks (2000). Holmes was awarded the OBE in 1992. He is the 2018 winner of the BIO Award presented by the Biographers International Organization.


"[Holmes] does not so much write lives as haunt them; he seems to invade his subject's dreams." --The New York Times Book Review

"A glorious series of essays on the art of life writing. . . . Heaven for his fans [and] the best account imaginable for the richness of his form." --The Observer

"I am a Richard Holmes addict. . . . Only Holmes, who is so deeply versed in the people and culture of eighteenth-century science, could tell these stories with such verve and resonance." --Oliver Sacks

"Elegant. . . . Nobody has thought longer or harder about the nature of biography as a literary form than Holmes." --Wall Street Journal

"Holmes's style pleasingly resembles that of his fellow Englishman, the late neurologist Oliver Sacks. Like that celebrated man of letters, Holmes comes across as contagiously curious, casually erudite, and just a bit daft. . . . In spending so much of his life chronicling the lives of poets, he has, to the delight of his readers, become one." --The Christian Science Monitor