This Long Pursuit : Reflections of a Romantic Biographer Paperback / softback
`A masterly performance by the greatest literary biographer of his generation' Oldie In this kaleidoscope of stories spanning art, science and poetry, award-winning writer Richard Holmes travels across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to this pursuit is a powerful evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and others almost lost: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Somerville, Germaine de Stael, Mary Wollstonecraft and Zelide.
He investigates the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Coleridge, and the mad-visionary bard William Blake. The diversity of Holmes's material is testimony to his empathy, erudition and at times his mischievous streak.
This is his most personal and seductive writing yet.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/10/2017
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780008168728