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Sidetracks

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‘An enchanting mixture of biography and memoir by the writer who has done more than any to illuminate biography’s genome project – mapping, without confusing, the complex chemistry of subject and quest.’ Alan Judd, Daily Telegraph

‘A delightfully eccentric volume that Boswell would have adored and Johnson well understood.’ Robert McCrum, Observer

‘The shimmering sensuality of his prose, his ability to make landscape live and his touching honesty gives his writing the power and pace of good fiction.’ Kathryn Hughes, Sunday Telegraph

‘This is magically compelling storytelling, set in a time of poets and phantoms, of ghosts and the Grand Guignol.’ Iain Finlayson, The Times

‘Above all, Holmes is a storyteller, transforming desiccated history into literary flesh and blood. He transports the reader alongside him into the past. This book is a masterful study of the human heart – his, yours, mine – demonstrating that, in the right hands, biography can be the most dazzling literary form of all.’ Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph

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In this classic work, the author of 'Footsteps' collects the biographical stories that have captured his fancy in the course of researching his books on the romantic poets, creating a captivating mixture of biography and memoir. Les mer

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In this classic work, the author of 'Footsteps' collects the biographical stories that have captured his fancy in the course of researching his books on the romantic poets, creating a captivating mixture of biography and memoir.


'Sidetracks' is a sister book to 'Footsteps', conjured up from decades of 'wanderings from the straight and narrow' of his major biographies of Shelley and Coleridge. As Holmes himself says, 'to be sidetracked is, after all, to be led astray by a path or an idea, a scent or a tune, and maybe lost forever.'


The centerpiece of the book is the poignant, inspiring story of Mary Woolstonecraft, the great feminist crusader and philosopher and her husband, William Godwin. But 'Sidetracks' winds through an extraordinary and eclectic assortment of Romantic and Gothic writers and personalities, all made hypnotically alive through Holmes's transforming touch. We meet Chatterton and Gautier, Pierrot and Voltaire, Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, James Boswell and Zelide, MR James and some very unpleasant gothic apparitions.


'Sidetracks' is a renewed examination of the strange and sometimes shadowy pathways of biography.

Detaljer

Forlag
HarperPerennial
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780007204540
Utgivelsesår
2005
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Richard Holmes is Professor of Biographical Studies at the University of East Anglia, and editor of the Harper Perennial series Classic Biographies launched in 2004. His is a Fellow of the British Academy, has honorary doctorates from UEA and the Tavistock Institute, and was awarded an OBE in 1992.


His first book, Shelley: The Pursuit, won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1974. Coleridge: Early Visions won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year, and Dr Johnson & Mr Savage won the James Tait Black Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award. He has published two studies of European biography, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer in 1985, and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer in 2000.

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‘An enchanting mixture of biography and memoir by the writer who has done more than any to illuminate biography’s genome project – mapping, without confusing, the complex chemistry of subject and quest.’ Alan Judd, Daily Telegraph

‘A delightfully eccentric volume that Boswell would have adored and Johnson well understood.’ Robert McCrum, Observer

‘The shimmering sensuality of his prose, his ability to make landscape live and his touching honesty gives his writing the power and pace of good fiction.’ Kathryn Hughes, Sunday Telegraph

‘This is magically compelling storytelling, set in a time of poets and phantoms, of ghosts and the Grand Guignol.’ Iain Finlayson, The Times

‘Above all, Holmes is a storyteller, transforming desiccated history into literary flesh and blood. He transports the reader alongside him into the past. This book is a masterful study of the human heart – his, yours, mine – demonstrating that, in the right hands, biography can be the most dazzling literary form of all.’ Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph

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