Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer (Google eBook)
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 couldn’t resist. These tales–the forbidden love of John Stuart Mill, the bizarre novel of Oscar Wilde’ s tragic grand-uncle, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s 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.
BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards.
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Review: Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic BiographerUser Review - Courtney Johnston - Goodreads
Richard Holmes puts together a very enjoyable sampler that is both an introduction to his own thinking about biography, and to a cast list of vaguely and strongly interlinked characters from the ... Read full review
Review: Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic BiographerUser Review - Laura - Goodreads
I enjoyed his pieces on Godwin and Wollstonecraft, Voltaire and Boswell, and his radio-play about Shelley... I found all of them illuminating and intelligent. His comments about his sojourns in Paris ... Read full review
LORD LISLE AND THE TUDOR NIXON TAPES
SCROPES LAST THROW
TO THE TEMPEST GIVEN A radioplay based on Shelleys last days
A SUMMER WITH THE NOVELIST
THE REVEREND MATURIN AND MR MELMOTH
R JAMES AND OTHERS
JOHN STUART MILL
BOSWELL AMONG THE TULIPS
DR JOHNSONS FIRST