The Cambridge companion to Keats /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Wolfson, Susan J., 1948-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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In addition to 16 critical/biographical essays, Wolfson (Princeton) includes material designed to make this volume more central to a study of Keats than the essays alone might be--chronology of Keats's life, bibliography, famous Keats quotations, sketches of the poet's friends and publishers, etc. The essays themselves deal either with specific groups of writings--the odes, the late lyrics, the letters, etc.--or with general topics--politics, language, emphasis, science in the poems, and Keats in relation to Byron, to gender, to science, and to poetic reputation. Many essays are by leading Romanticists, e.g., Christopher Ricks, Anne Mellor, Jack Stillinger, and Duncan Wu, and all but one or two of the contributions will be accessible to undergraduates. Certainly the volume provides a reasonably wide-ranging view of current issues in studying Keats and British Romanticism, and for this reason belongs in all libraries where Keats is studied beyond the introductory level. The volume supplements well Andrew Motion's biography Keats (CH, Jul'98) and recent critical studies, e.g., Nicholas Roe's John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (1997) and Grant Scott's The Sculpted Word (CH, Apr'95). Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Minor Morehead State University

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