I also found in a second-hand bookshop a first edition of the 1952 Fanny Brawne biography for five pounds! I was very surprised to see it there, never thought I would bump into it like that.
Then I went on a "Keats in Moorgate" walk, led by the lovely tour guide Anita, who read some of Keats's poetry and gave a potted history of Keats's life. It was a treat to hear his sonnets, the opening of Endymion, and extracts from the odes read. I didn't learn anything new about the poet but I had the chance finally to make it to Apothecaries Hall, his lodgings on St. Thomas Street with Stephens, and the bronze alcove statue of Keats at Guy's. I've wanted to see these sights for ages, especially Apothecaries Hall on Blackfriars Lane close to the river. We also saw the site where Keats lodged with his brothers on Cheapside and wandered through old Georgian alleyways, aolong Bread Street where Milton was born in 1608, and around Blackfriars where Shakespeare is thought to have lived. I'd already visited the site of the Swan and Hoop where Keats spent his early years and we went there, too.
Raphael wrote:It is a great museum- little section on Keats there"
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