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Selected Letters of John Keats

Based on the texts of Hyder Edward Rollins, Revised Edition

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$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674018419

Publication Date: 09/30/2005


576 pages

5-11/16 x 8-15/16 inches

8 halftones, 1 line illustration, 1 map


This new book, which offers the traditional body of Keats’s letters as well as a handful of new additions, reminds us of the extraordinary human being who was John Keats. Here he is—falling in love, struggling with questions of literature and philosophy, generously helping others at every chance, bravely facing a terminal disease… Harvard University Press has produced a definitive volume in this new edition about the poet ‘whose name was writ on water.’—John A. Murray, Bloomsbury Review

Keats’s letters have long been regarded as masterpieces, both for the light they shed on the poetry, and for the vivid picture they provide of the poet. This excellent selection is based on Hyder Rollins’s definitive 1958 edition [revised in 2002], and includes several letters which have been found only recently. The context of the correspondence is established by the inclusion of some letters addressed to Keats.London Review of Books

[These] letters glow with spontaneity; sprightly and personal to the point of intimacy, they reveal a mind and heart searching high and low for possibilities. Here, readers will see a man in step with daily existence who reasoned his way through but also exalted in life’s infinite variety and challenges. Insights into Keats’s poetry are to be found, too, as well as his great devotion to friends and family. Keats was not without human frailties—he could be dicey, contradictory, and manipulative—but his letters are irresistible… Recommended.—Robert L. Kelly, Library Journal

Editor Scott has selected the most important correspondence from the standard two-volume Selected Letters of John Keats published in 1958, for this new version, and added four additional items (three previously unpublished). The informative editorial material is expertly presented.The Dallas Morning News

Devotees of Keats’s poetry will appreciate Scott’s revision. Interesting to read, Keats’s letters throw a great deal of light on his life and poetry, revealing the insecurities, doubts, fears, enthusiasms, and creativity of one of England’s greatest poets.—G.A. Cevasco, Choice

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