Coleridge: Early visions, 1772-1804

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Pantheon Books, Mar 23, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Upon its publication ten years ago, the first volume of Richard Holmes's life of Coleridge was hailed by Michael Holroyd as "a modern masterpiece, a book that marks a climax in the golden age of modern biography." The romantic writer who emerges from these pages is unforgettably vivid and unexpected. Holmes gives us a true portrait of unfolding genius -- a man who learns as much from children's games as from philosophic treatises, as much from bird flight as from theology. Unavailable for the last five years, this award-winning biography is being reissued to coincide with the hardcover publication of the concluding volume. The two books represent the pinnacle of Holmes's literary achievement.

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Review: Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 (Coleridge #1)

User Review  - Paul Blaney - Goodreads

An exemplary, thought-provoking biography of Coleridge, this first volume takes him up to age 31 and leaves him on board a ship to Malta. Terrific insights into the poetry, the metaphysics and ... Read full review

Review: Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834 (Coleridge #2)

User Review  - Philip - Goodreads

Darker Reflections and the first volume in this literary biography of Coleridge, Early Visions, provide a lively and surprising (for the uninitiated) discussion of not only the life and literary ... Read full review


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Richard Holmes is the author of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage (both available from Vintage Books), and Shelley: The Pursuit, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Prize. A fellow of the British Academy, he was awarded an OBE in 1992. He lives in England.

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