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by Richard Holmes

eBook Coleridge: Early Visions (v. 1) download ISBN: 0006548415
Author: Richard Holmes
Publisher: Flamingo (October 4, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 432
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism

The author ably describes the many distractions and temporary passions in Coleridge's life.

Holmes has not merely reinterpreted Coleridge, he has re-created him, and his biography has the aura of fiction, the shimmer of an authentic portrait. a biography like few I have ever read.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Holmes has not merely reinterpreted Coleridge, he has re-created him, and his biography has the aura of fiction, the shimmer of an authentic portrait. James Wood, The Guardian (London).

Coleridge: Early Visions’ is the first part of Holmes’s classic biography of Coleridge that forever transformed our view of the poet of ‘Kubla Khan’ and his place in the Romantic Movement. Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes’s Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge’s poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence

Coleridge: Early Visions’ is the first part of Holmes’s classic biography of Coleridge that forever transformed our view of the poet of ‘Kubla Khan’ and his place in the Romantic Movement. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge’s poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence

First published in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton 1989.

First published in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton 1989. Richard Holmes asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

This biography considers Coleridge as a man apart from his writings. Read full description. Coleridge: v. 1: Early Visions by Richard Holmes (Paperback, 1990). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Holmes's major works of Romantic biography include: Shelley: The Pursuit which won him the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, which won him the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Prize (now the Costa Book Awards); Coleridge: Darker Reflections, th. .

Holmes's major works of Romantic biography include: Shelley: The Pursuit which won him the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, which won him the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Prize (now the Costa Book Awards); Coleridge: Darker Reflections, the second and final volume of his Coleridge biography which won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award

Coleridge: Early Visions Текст. Автор:Richard Holmes. Coleridge’s own private recollections have a somewhat different tone. He describes himself as magnificently idle in class – until his genius was unfortunately unearthed by Bowyer

Coleridge: Early Visions Текст. He describes himself as magnificently idle in class – until his genius was unfortunately unearthed by Bowyer. These were obtained from a public lending library in nearby King Street, to which he had been given a ticket – so he said – by an unknown gentleman he bumped into in the Strand. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge’s poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence.

Coleridge: Early Visions. Coleridge: Darker Reflections. Herschel’s seven-foot reflector telescope. Whipple Museum, Cambridge. Photograph by Richard Holmes. Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer. Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer. Sir Joseph Banks holding an astronomical painting of the moon.

The first volume (winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year) of Richard Holmes's two-volume Coleridge biography which transforms our view of this greatest of Romantic poets. Coleridge: Early Visions is the first part of a major new biography of Coleridge which will transform our view of the poet of `Kubla Khan' and his place in the Romantic Movement. Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination.This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life the poetry, Coleridge's encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence. He is vivid and unexpected. Holmes draws the reader into the labyrinthine complications of his subject's personality and literary power, and faces us with profound questions about the nature of creativity, the relations between sexuality and friendship, the shifting grounds of political and religious belief.
Comments: (7)
Kekinos
Anyone acquiring this book about the Romantic writer is probably already interested in Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This interest might be because of his literary output, beginning with his well-known works such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Kubla Khan. A reader might have a historical interest in Coleridge’s contribution to the English Romantic movement. Or a reader may have an interest in the man behind the literary output, with perhaps a curiosity about Coleridge’s well-known addiction to laudanum. I was interested in all three of these areas, and I found this biography (the first of two on Coleridge) by Mr. Holmes to be fully satisfying. He has a great breadth of knowledge about Coleridge, backed up by meticulous scholarship. This biography covers Coleridge up to the age of thirty-one or so. And it covers everything: the personal, the literary, the friendships, and the quarrels. But Mr. Holmes does more than that. In a sparkling style, he brings the man to life: we see the poet/philosopher/essayist as a fully realized human being ranging from being an extremely prolific writer to also being a very neglectful husband. The result of this detailed look at Coleridge is most impressive.
Goll
Richard Holmes makes readable topics as different as the origins of ballooning ("Falling Upward") and the life of this tormented genius. There are reasons why "Coleridge" won the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year and its balance of research and readability are the biggest. Take a break from another political biography or war story and read this.
Saithinin
This is the Coleridge I thought I knew through his poetry. Holmes brings him to life in this first volume of Coleridge's early years. The book makes you wish you had known Coleridge personally and shared in his life. His life is complex and challenging and so it must have been for Holmes to research and write Coleridge's life. In fact, Holmes seems to have a special knowledge into the life of one of the greatest poets of the English language. This book gave me insights into Coleridge's works I had not had before. If you want to learn more about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, his life and his works, this is the book to read.
Yar
Truly brings Coleridge to life! Fascinating.
Nirn
This treatment of Coleridge's early life is excellent in scope & detail; in fact, it won a prize. But its strength-- objectivity-- is its weakness. Holmes expresses no imaginitive sympathy for his subject. He writes about Romanticism with the detatchment of an entymologist examining a butterfly. And while he treats Coleridge's pathology in an overtly psychological manner, he fails to identify the pathologies he describes -- like a doctor who collects symptoms without making a diagnosis.

The result is an outstanding example of conventional literary biography, but one that is insensitive to growth, imagination, and mind in the act of making the mind -- or why Coleridge was passionate about them. Those interested in these must seek elsewhere, but this volume remains a good place to learn the facts of Coleridge's life, despite its dry prose.
Wenes
Somehow Holmes produces scholarly biographies that make compulsive reading. He never fictionalizes or puts thoughts in his subjects' heads that he has no authority for - and yet he keeps us turning those pages. Is it the subjects he choses? Shelley and Coleridge both had strongly "plotted" lives. Coleridge married the sister of Southey's wife and fell in love with the sister of Wordsworth's wife. I liked his comment on Coleridge's father's predecessor in the the benefice of St Mary's Ottery.
Shem
Chatty interesting biography
Superb, well kindlized, very important because of Holmes' detailed starred comments.