Young Romantics

Young Romantics

The Tangled Lives of English Poetry's Greatest Generation

Book - 2010
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Focuses on the network of writers and readers who gathered around Percy Bysshe Shelley and the campaigning journalist Leigh Hunt. They included Lord Byron, John Keats, and Mary Shelley, as well as a host of lesser-known figures: Mary Shelley's stepsister and Byron's mistress, Claire Clairmont; Hunt's botanist sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kent; the musician Vincent Novello; the painters Benjamin Haydon and Joseph Severn; and writers such as Charles and Mary Lamb, Thomas Love Peacock, and William Hazlitt. They were characterized by talent, idealism, and youthful ardor, and these qualities shaped and informed their politically oppositional stances--as did their chaotic family arrangements, which often left the young women, despite their talents, facing the consequences of the men's philosophies.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2010.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374123758
Branch Call Number: 821.809 HA
Characteristics: xix, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Nicr Feb 06, 2019

Probably more about Leigh Hunt, "who stands at the centre of the circle of talented men and women this book explores," (as Hay--and Hunt--would have it) than most people could possibly want to know. True to the author's stated intention to counter the Romantic "myth" of the isolated artist, this is a group biography of the fluctuating social circles of the Romantics--Byron's Villa Diodati, Hunt's Hampstead, Shelley's Albion House, the Pisan Circle, etc., with a full cast of famous--and less so--characters and equal attention given to the women usually on the periphery.


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