harvest wrote:looks interesting. not on US amazon... yet?
is it new?
harvest wrote:i tried, it's not there.
jesleeall wrote:This looks interesting. I may be one of the few people who never thought of Severn as whining or complaining too much. It always seemed to me he just - like Keats did - wrote down in his letters what was uppermost in his mind, without censoring himself, and as anyone knows who has taken care of someone who is really sick, after weeks of exhaustion and worry and grief, it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and at the end of one's ability to cope. I sort of think Severn was showing good emotional sense by venting his feelings, good and bad. I hate that he is considered a complainer for doing so!
BrokenLyre wrote:I agree Raphael. It has always amazed me that Joseph Severn didn't catch TB from John since he was so physically close to John - the trip to Italy alone would do it for most people! Just astounding, really. I for one am glad Joseph lived so long.
Joseph Severn must have had an iron-clad constitution. Only about 2 years before the voyage to Italy, he barely scraped through a battle with typhus. And on board the Maria Crowther, it appears he was also suffering from a liver complaint. Yet, even hemmed in with two highly contagious TB patients, he avoided active infection.
Fanny Brawne and her sister never got TB, that's true. But their brother Sam died from it in his early 20's. Didn't their father die from TB, too?
According to Aileen Ward, Samuel Brawne died in 1828, which makes it unlikely, I think, that his TB was caught from Keats. I read somewhere that roughly 25% of people in England and Europe died of TB two hundred years ago. So it was very common.
When I read the collection of Keats's letters, I was surprised by how often his friends and acquaintances were ill with varying diseases, and by how people constantly commented in their letters on health and illness. We take health so much for granted now, but they seemed to see it as something more difficult to achieve.
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