New books I found the other week - new to me anyhow!

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New books I found the other week - new to me anyhow!

Postby Raphael » Sun May 23, 2010 7:34 pm

I had a look in a second hand book store and found these:

Robert Gittings- Selected Letters of Keats, 1982 (reprint) £1.50

John Keats An Anthology, English Poets series, 1989. £1.00- it's a pocket sized book and was worth getting for the cover alone. It is brown with the Severn minature embossed in gold on the front.

A Pocket Poet, Keats, 1985. £1.00. I got this for the sweet little illustrations in it done by Patricia Machin. She has written a little of the background on each poem to introduce it.

International Profiles, John Keats, Douglas Hill, 1968.£1.50 Quite a nice little biography, though some things not quite accurate, but mainly good.


Literature in Perspective, Keats. Fred Inglis, 1969 (reprint). £1.00. He goes into a brief discussion of John's life, letters, friends and the Romantic background before he anyalses some of the poems. It's not a big book, so he has only looked at the "main" poems.

I suppose you all have Gittings- have you any of the others I mention? I think I got a few bargains here!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: New books I found the other week - new to me anyhow!

Postby Ennis » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:16 pm

Successful hunting, Raphael!!

I have the Gittings's biography of Keats, but I wasn't aware he had edited a compilation of his letters, as well. I have the Hyder Rollins edition. Your other purchases I am not familiar with. "A Pocket Poet, Keats" sounds like a nice little volume. I'm always on the lookout for Keats related "stuff" -- the older, the better. I wish I could afford a first run, first edition of Taylor and Hessey's 1820 printing of the "Lamia . . ." volume. I found one on-line for 35, 000 dollars . . . ! Yeah, right, on my school-teacher's salary! That book costs more than my house when I bought it (26) years ago!!
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Re: New books I found the other week - new to me anyhow!

Postby Malia » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:11 pm

Gittings' edition of Keats' letters is excellent. I have a copy that is practically falling apart right now (need to replace it). It contains a lot of the misspellings and idiosyncratic punctuation from the actual letters, so this edition gives a great "feel" for Keats's writing.
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