John Hamilton Reynolds

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John Hamilton Reynolds

Postby Cath » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:11 pm

I found this picture of the headstone of Keats's friend and confidante John Hamilton Reynolds, which I thought I'd share with you:

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I love how so many of Keats's circle make a point of referring to their association with the poet on their headstones!

Reynolds had a difficult later life. Following problems with bankrupcy, drinking and depression, he died in Newport on the Isle of Wight in 1852 aged 58.

There is some more info on Reynolds here:
http://jan-toms.suite101.com/john-hamilton-reynolds---john-keatss-confidante-a220089

Leonidas Jones published a (rather dry) biography of J.H. Reynolds in 1984 and a collection of his letters ten years earlier.
"Why should we be owls, when we can be Eagles?" (Keats to Reynolds, 3 February 1818)
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Re: John Hamilton Reynolds

Postby Cybele » Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:20 am

Reynolds was such a loyal friend. He was a kind-hearted man who suffered heart-breaking losses in his life. He's certainly one of the members of the Keats circle I would have liked to have known.

Yes, the Jones biography was kind of dry, but I enjoyed it for all the background info.
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