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Richard Holmes (1945 - )

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vitawallace January 13th, 2007 06:58 PM PST

As a writer, Mr. Holmes is worthy of his subjects, which is saying a lot given his subjects. He steps forth as a subject himself in Footsteps, which is about his experience preparing to write Shelley's biography: physically and imaginatively trying to enter into Shelley's experience (this reminds me of Elisabeth LeGuin's study of Boccherini: "An Essay in Carnal Musicology!")

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Biographer Richard Holmes was born in London, England on 5 November 1945 and educated at Downside School and Churchill College, Cambridge. His first book, Shelley:The Pursuit, was published in 1974 and won a Somerset Maugham Award. The first volume of his biography of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge: Early Visions, was published in 1989 and won the Whitbread Book of the Year award. Dr Johnson & Mr Savage (1993), an account of Johnson's undocumented friendship with the notorious poet Richard Savage, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for biography) in 1993. The second volume of his study of Coleridge, Coleridge: Darker Reflections, was published in 1998. It won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Heinemann Award and was shortlisted for the first Samuel Johnson Prize awarded in 1999.

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