George Keats of Kentucky: A Life

George Keats of Kentucky: A Life


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George Keats of Kentucky: A Life by Lawrence M. Crutcher

John Keats's biographers have rarely been fair to George Keats (1797—1841) — pushing him to the background as the younger brother, painting him as a prodigal son, or labeling him as the "business brother." Some have even condemned him as a heartless villain who took more than his fair share of an inheritance and abandoned the ailing poet to pursue his own interests. In this authoritative biography, author Lawrence M. Crutcher demonstrates that George Keats deserves better. Crutcher traces his subject from Regency London to the American frontier, correcting the misconceptions surrounding the Keats brothers' relationship and revealing the details of George's remarkable life in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brilliantly illustrated with more than ninety color photographs, this engaging book reveals how George Keats embraced new business opportunities to become an important member of the developing urban community. In addition, George Keats of Kentucky offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into nineteenth-century life, commerce, and entrepreneurship in Louisville and the Bluegrass.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813136882
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 11/18/2012
Series: Topics in Kentucky History Series
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Crutcher is the great-great-great-grandson of George Keats and the author of The Keats Family.

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