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Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:43 pm
by Saturn
Just about to start reading Roe's new Keats biography :D

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:10 pm
by Cybele
I'm very jealous, Saturn!
I'm afraid I must be satisfied for the time being with little orts dropped to us mere mortals via Facebook.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:44 pm
by Cybele
Annnnnnnddddd . . . I just received an email from Amazon telling me that my copy of the book is on the UPS truck, making its way ever so slowly to my door. I'm literally sitting in the kitchen, waiting for a knock announcing its arrival.

Yay! \o/

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:42 pm
by Saturn
It'll be worth the wait, it is excellent on Keats' childhood and early years, I've currently read up to just before he meets Hunt in 1816. A lot of information on his Father, mother and the chancery case that is either new or not as fully explored in other biographies.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:54 pm
by Raphael
Hope the sources for this" new information" are listed.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:17 pm
by Ennis
Saturn wrote:It'll be worth the wait, it is excellent on Keats' childhood and early years, I've currently read up to just before he meets Hunt in 1816. A lot of information on his Father, mother and the chancery case that is either new or not as fully explored in other biographies.



Saturn, that's about where I am in the book, although I did "cheat" a little and read the opium sections!!

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:48 pm
by Cath
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Have just started Claire Tomalin's biography of Hardy (2006). There are some references to Keats and poems to him to look forward to :D .

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:55 pm
by Cath
Romantic biographer Richard Holmes - who wrote huge tomes on Shelley and Coleridge and really should be getting on to our beloved Keats - has a new book out on the Romantic pioneers of hot-air ballooning:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/22/falling-upwards-richard-holmes-review
http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Titles/58602/falling-upwards-richard-holmes-9780007386925

Currently reading....in my dreams.... *swoons*

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:04 pm
by Saturn
A new Holmes tome should always be greeted with celebration. Not only the finest literary biographer around for my money, one of the finest writers in the English language anywhere in the last 40 years. Will look forward to that. And yes hopefully one day he may turn his genius to Keats!

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:20 pm
by Saturn
Currently just started Thomas Carlyle's sprawling, poetic history of the French Revolution.

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Have Shelley's letters and Statius' Thebaid to look forward to after that.

Much as I wish Amazon wasn't the bookshop-closing behemoth it is, for finding those books you've searched the second hand book shops for years to no avail it can't be beaten.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:36 am
by Cybele
Cath wrote:Romantic biographer Richard Holmes - who wrote huge tombs on Shelley and Coleridge and really should be getting on to our beloved Keats - has a new book out on the Romantic pioneers of hot-air ballooning:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/22/falling-upwards-richard-holmes-review
http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Titles/58602/falling-upwards-richard-holmes-9780007386925

Currently reading....in my dreams.... *swoons*


Hurray! Oh, I know it will be wonderful! The part about ballooning in "Age of Wonder" was brilliant!

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:30 am
by Saturn
Yes, and if anyone hasn't read 'Age of wonder' I would say beg, steal or borrow it now, it's a surprising and fascinating look at some forgotten history and the heroes of the Age of Enlightenment and the industrial revolution.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:38 am
by Cath
Saturn wrote: Currently just started Thomas Carlyle's sprawling, poetic history of the French Revolution."


Saturn, I admire the eclecticism and ambitiousness of your reading! Many would be put off by Carlyle's humongous work & difficult style.

Have you visited Carlyle's house in Chelsea? http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carlyles-house/ I went last year out of curiosity and it was great - really interesting to learn about his marriage & circle and the staff were genuinely nice & very informative. Well worth a visit for those who enjoyed Keats's House in Hampstead.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:53 pm
by Saturn
Sounds interesting. Yeah, Carlyle is a bit of a challenge, it's very rich and rewarding read though, and something I've always wanted to read. Don't know if I'll ever get the chance to go to London again, but if I do I may very well check it out.

Re: The 'Currently reading' thread...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:32 pm
by Raphael
I am reading about Beethoven and his Eternal Beloved- Josephine Brunsvik- their love story was every bit as tragic as John Keats and Fanny Brawne's.