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Timely reissue of the second volume of Holmes's classic biographies of one of the greatest Romantic poets. / Holmes's first book, Shelley: The Pursuit, won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions won the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize in 1989; and Dr Johnson & Mr Savage won the James Tait Black Prize in 1993 / Coleridge: Darker Reflections was acclaimed on hardback publication by unanimous rave reviews. It was 1998 Book of the Year for a staggering 21 reviewers, including, among many others, Michael Foot, Doris Lessing, Anita Brookner and Alan Massie / Perennial reissue will coincide with a complete reinvigoration of Holmes's impressive backlist.
Richard Holmes is one of Britain's leading biographers. Footsteps, which he published in 1985, was hailed as a 'modern masterpiece'. He is a regular feature writer and reviewer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded the OBE in 1992. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.
'One of the greatest biographies of the century. Pure joy to read, it is a shimmering portrait of the mature artist veering between brilliance and despair' Financial Times 'This -- and I can't remember ever thinking this before so strongly -- is a biography to grow old with' Independent