Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer

Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer

by Richard Holmes
     
 

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In this gripping book, Holmes takes us from France's Massif Central, where he followed the route taken by Robert Louis Stevenson and a sweet-natured donkey, to Mary Wollstonecraft's Revolutionary Paris, to the Italian villages where Percy Shelley tried to cast off the strictures of English morality and marriage. Footsteps is a wonderful exploration of the ties between

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In this gripping book, Holmes takes us from France's Massif Central, where he followed the route taken by Robert Louis Stevenson and a sweet-natured donkey, to Mary Wollstonecraft's Revolutionary Paris, to the Italian villages where Percy Shelley tried to cast off the strictures of English morality and marriage. Footsteps is a wonderful exploration of the ties between biographers and their subjects, filled with passion and revelation.

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Library Journal
Follow the footsteps of this absorbing and delightful author as he attempts to trace the paths of four sometimes intractable, but always fascinating, Romantic writers. Robert Louis Stevenson's travels through the Cevennes with a donkey; Mary Wollstonecraft's revolutionary Paris and friends; Percy B. Shelley's Italian exile (a postscript to Holmes's acclaimed Shelley biography); and Gerard de Nerval's deranged vision and sad pilgrimage are all presented with rigor, charm, and historical and personal sleuthwork. Holmes's interest in each biographical subject is palpable and seems at times a fixation. But he rewards the reader with a growing understanding of each writer's life, as well as much insight into the technique and art of biography. Enjoyable, informative reading for literati, this book is recommended for larger general and academic collections.
-- Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State University Library, Pullman
Hilary Spurling
No one explores biography's metaphysical or for that matter technical aspects better than Holmes . . . Lovers of true romance will not be disappointed by Holmes's latest installment.
New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679770046
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/17/1996
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
550,823
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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