Benjamin Haydon's art

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Re: Benjamin Haydon's art

Postby Cybele » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:53 am

Raphael, it had some wonderful, I guess you could say, "atmospheric" details about early 19th century London. There were details about which guests arrived when, biographical information about each of them. There was some info about Joseph Ritchie I'd not heard before.

I've followed this book up with "The Age of Wonder" by Richard Holmes. Holmes did a fabulous 2 volume biography of Coleridge that I really loved. And "The Age of Wonder" has not disappointed! I'm a bit over half-way through the book, and I've now found myself rationing pages (I allow myself only 10 per night) because I don't want it to end. (And I'm often not very good at delayed gratification. :lol: )
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Re: Benjamin Haydon's art

Postby Saturn » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:50 am

I'm a huge fan of Richard Holmes, I've read his astounding Shelley biography, his two volumes of Coleridge and just yesterday, coincidentally just finished reading 'The Age Of Wonder' yesterday and can confirm it is very addictive reading.

Essential reading for anyone interested in the Enlightenment/Regency era and it's art, literature and science; it's a masterpiece.

Also for Keatsians there's a very interesting analysis of Keats' Lamia which, unlike anything I've read about it before shows clearly the depth of Keats medical and scientific knowledge.

If Holmes wrote a biography of Keats I have no doubt that it would be the last word, he's quite simply the finest literary biographer working today.
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Re: Benjamin Haydon's art

Postby Raphael » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:52 pm

Thanks Saturn and Cybele- those tow books will have to be on my book list!

If Holmes wrote a biography of Keats I have no doubt that it would be the last word, he's quite simply the finest literary biographer working today.


I hope he does- at the moment it is Andrew Motion- whom I am reading (borrowed from the library)- an overrated book I am finding.
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who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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