Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph

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5.43 X 8.31 X 1.37 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author
Dr. Lucasta Miller is a British critic and historian who has lectured and broadcast widely on 19th-century literature. Her influential afterlife study, The Bronte Myth, first published in 2001, was reissued in a new edition in 2020; her pioneering biography of the 'female Byron' Letitia Landon was shortlisted for the NBCC awards in 2019. She has worked as a profile-writer for the Guardian and contributed to the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the BBC. A former visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, she is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute and reviews for The Spectator.
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

"[Miller] digs into the backstories of her subject's most famous poems to uncover aspects of his life and work that challenge well-worn romantic myths. The irresistible result: an often irreverent yet compassionate approach to the poet that cuts through the hagiography . . . Her unpacking of his language, which is so brilliantly suited to representing material bodily experience, is often refreshingly matter of fact . . . Keats the man also emerges as fully embodied." --Elizabeth Lowry, Wall Street Journal

"Detailed and original . . . intimate . . . Miller conveys a strong personal connection with the poet . . . This penetrating and charming study will enchant Keats's fans." --Publishers Weekly

"Subtly intertwining biographical detail with crisp readings of the poetry, Miller creates an insightful, vibrant portrait." --Kirkus (starred)

"[Miller's] knowledge of all things Keatsian is formidable . . . she untangles the richly sensuous language of Keats's poems . . . The best short introduction I have come across." --John Carey, The 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 . . . Miller is empathetic, and relishes Keats's best phrases." --Philip Hensher, Spectator

"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 . . . timely and fresh . . . satisfying, engaging and accessible." --Rowan Williams, New Statesman