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Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer (Vintage)

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With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldnt resist. These tales-the forbidden love of John Stuart Mill, the bizarre novel of Oscar Wildes tragic grand-uncle, Scott and Zelda Fitzgeralds nightmarish yet cathartic final trip to Paris-are part of what comprises Sidetracks, a marvelously original that includes letters and travelogues, radio plays, essays, and minature biographies. This book is a rare literary feast and an exploration of the creative processes of one of our most preeminent biographers.

About the Author

Richard Holmes lives in England.

Table of Contents

I. A Romantic Premontion

Introduction

Thomas Chatteron

II. Lost in France

Introduction

Monsieur Nadar

Gautier in London

Poor Pierrot

Inside the Tower

III. Five Gothic Shadows

Introduction

The Singular Affair of the Reverend Mr Barham

The Reverend Maturin and Mr Melmoth

M. R. James and Others

John Stuart Mill

Lord Lisle and the Tudor Nixon Tapes

IV. A Philosophical Love Story

Introduction

The Feminist and the Philosopher: A Love Story

V. Shelleys Ghost

Introduction

Scropes Last Throw

To the Tempest Given

VI. Escapes to Paris

Introduction

Scott and Zelda: One Last Trip

A Summer with the Novelist

Letters from Paris

Voltaires Grin

VII. Homage to the Godfather

Introduction

Boswells Bicentenary

Boswell Among the Tulips

Dr. Johnsons First Cat

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679757719
Author:
Holmes, Richard
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Romanticism
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Biographers
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
308
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 in 1 lb

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