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John Keats Books

John Keats, The Complete Poems of John Keats

With his tragic death at 25, Keats did not have time to3 create a large canon of poetry. Instead of quantity, we are left with poems of tremendous quality. Keats wrote images of unparalleled beauty and lines that are some of the most famous in poetry. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever?" "Beauty is truth, truth beauty?" Keats, baby. All Keats.

John Keats, The Letters of John Keats

Thank goodness there were no telephones or text messaging in Keats' time. Had there been, he would never have written his beautiful letters. A devoted correspondent, Keats wrote hundreds of letters to his siblings, friends, and his fiancée Fanny Brawne. His letters to Fanny are some of the most beautiful love letters in history.

Andrew Motion, Keats (1998)

Biographers have often misunderstood John Keats, portraying him either as an overly sensitive soul whose bad reviews literally killed him, or a precocious child. Andrew Motion instead reviews letters and documents to get at the heart of Keats' personality.

Stanley Plumly, Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (2008)

Keats' life seems almost the stuff of fiction - his biographies are equally dramatic. The poet Stanley Plumly wrote this unconventional biography of Keats. It is a series of essays which taken together form an intimate portrait of the poet.

Ian Gilmour, The Making of the Poets: Byron and Shelley in Their Time (2003)

Keats' friends Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley were the twin stars of English Romanticism. (Had Keats lived longer, his reputation may have stood alongside theirs.) Though Byron's fame overshadowed Shelley's during their lifetimes, today scholars examine the two poets side by side. Both were major contributors to English poetry.

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