THE LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS by Lionel Trilling

THE LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A new and only slightly revised edition of the letters as edited by Maurice Buxton Forman, with the text again following the original Keatsian spelling and punctuation. In the introduction to the letters, the editor plunges headlong in the steady of controversial matters surrounding the brief career of the poet --Keats' accentuated sensuousness; the stigma of effeminacy of which he has been accused; the nature of the apparently anti-intellectual concept of "negative Capability"; and the nature of the influence of Platonism. Mr. Trilling reenforces the impression the reader receives from the letters that here is a man of great intellectual hunger; flexible in judgement; affectionate in friendship; energetic in creative drive; an intrepid experiencer. Stimulating reading -- an exciting facet of a poetic genius.
Pub Date: April 12th, 1951
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Young
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1951




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