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Holmes, Richard 1945-

Overview
Works: 72 works in 465 publications in 5 languages and 16,261 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Portraits  Sources  Poetry 
Subject Headings: Authors, English  Authors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4483, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Richard Holmes
 
Most widely held works by Richard Holmes
Coleridge : early visions by Richard Holmes( Book )

110 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 4,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. 'Coleridge: Early Visions' is the first part of Holmes's classic biography of Coleridge that forever transformed our view of the poet of 'Kubla Khan' and his place in the Romantic Movement. Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge's poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence. He is vivid and unexpected. Holmes draws the reader into the labyrinthine complications of his subject's personality and literary power, and faces us with profound questions about the nature of creativity, the relations between sexuality and friendship, and the shifting grounds of political and religious belief. Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version
The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science by Richard Holmes( Book )

41 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and Humphry Davy
Shelley : the pursuit by Richard Holmes( Book )

58 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes'the finest literary biographer of our day'made his name. Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Holmes projects a startling image of "a darker and more earthly, crueler and more capable figure." Expelled from college, disowned by his aristocratic father, driven from England, Shelley led a life marked from its beginning to its early end by a violent rejection of society; he embraced rebellion and disgrace without thought of the cost to himself or to others. Here we have the real Shelley'radical agitator, atheist, apostle of free love, but above all a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator, whose life and work have proved an essential inspiration to poets as varied as W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg
Falling upwards : how we took to the air by Richard Holmes( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air (or fall into the sky). The author includes accounts of the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of the beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar. The author documents as well the balloons used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the Civil War (including a flight taken by George Armstrong Custer); the legendary tale of at least sixty-seven manned balloons that escaped from Paris (the first successful civilian airlift in history) during the Prussian siege of 1870-71; the high-altitude exploits of James Glaisher (who rose seven miles above the earth without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology); and how Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work
Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage by Richard Holmes( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This account shows the relationship between Richard Savage - poet, playwright, and convicted murderer - and young Samuel Johnson and how that relationship led directly to the early masterpiece, "The Life of Richard Savage."
Shelley on love : an anthology by Percy Bysshe Shelley( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

15 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This engaging volume was pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's most popular book during her lifetime. Difficult to categorize, it is both an arresting travel book and a moving exploration of her personal and political selves. Wollstonecraft set out for Scandinavia just two weeks after her first suicide attempt, on a mission from the lover whose affections she doubted, to recover his silver on a ship that had gone missing. With her baby daughter and a nursemaid, she traveled across the dramatic landscape and wrote sublime descriptions of the natural world, and the events and people she encountered. Fascinating appendices include Imlay's commission to recover his lost silver, Wollstonecraft's recently discovered letter to the Danish Prime Minister asking for assistance, the private letters she wrote to Imlay during her travels in Scandinavia, a chapter from Godwin's memoir of Wollstonecraft, and a selection of contemporary reviews. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."--Publisher's website
Les chimères by Gérard de Nerval( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and French and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originální texty a jim odpovídající české překlady dvanácti sonetů francouzského básníka (1808-1855), jehož neobsáhlá tvorba vyniká hloubkou myšlenek, intenzitou citu a dokonalou formou
The Romantic poets and their circle by Richard Holmes( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The popular ideal of the "inspired" artist, beautiful, brooding and young, owes its origin to portraits of the poets, writers and artists of the Romantic period. This group revolutionized English art and literature transforming our understanding of creativity and the individual imagination. Richard Holmes's engaging text explores the portraits and lives of Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and the circle that formed around Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the early nineteenth century. In a series of interwoven biographies, he shows how the idea of the Romantic genius spread through the Regency world of painting, journalism, theatre and even science." "The English Regency was a society of contradictions: on the one hand self-confident and elegant; on the other hand violent and dissolute. Yet there was a growing public hunger for glamorous, humorous and erotic images. Portraiture flourished, especially among friends, and the celebrity of male, and increasingly female, poets, writers and artists grew while literary reputations rose and fell with dizzy speed. The Romantic Poets and Their Circle presents an illustrated history of an extraordinary generation, and assesses the impact of their work on contemporary culture and society."--Jacket
The age of wonder : [how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science] by Richard Holmes( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and Humphry Davy
My fantoms by Théophile Gautier( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falling upwards : how we took to the air by Richard Holmes( Recording )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story of aviation moves from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries and the firework flights of Sophie Blanchard to the long-distance voyages of American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar and to the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher. Listeners will discover the many writers and dreamers who felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work. This is a subtle portrait of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision
Footsteps : adventures of a Romantic biographer by Richard Holmes( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Holmes's great work of biographical exploration, published alongside its sister volume 'Sidetracks'. In 1985, Richard Holmes published a small book of essays called 'Footsteps' and the writing of biography was changed forever. A daring mix of travel, biographical sleuthing and personal memoir, it broke all the conventions of the genre and remains ons of the most intoxicating, magical works of modern literary exploration ever published. Sleeping rough, he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson's famous journey through the Cevennes. Caught up in the Parisian riots of the 1960s, he dives back in time to the terrors of Wordsworth and of Mary Wollstonecraft marooned in Revolutionary Paris and then into the strange tortured worlds of GErard de Nerval. Wandering through Italy, he stalks Shelley and his band of Romantic idealists to Casa Magni on the Gulf of Spezia. Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version
Godwin on Wollstonecraft : memoirs of the author of 'The rights of woman' by William Godwin( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilchrist on Blake : life of William Blake, pictor ignotus by Alexander Gilchrist( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of Savage by Samuel Johnson( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Life of Mr Richard Savage was the first important book by an unknown Grub Street hack, Samuel Johnson, who would later become the most celebrated British writer of the late 1700s. Richard Savage (1697-1743) was a poet, playwright, and satirist who claimed to be the illegitimate son of a late earl and to have been denied his inheritance and viciously persecuted by his mother. He was urbane, charming, a brilliant conversationalist, but also irresponsible and impulsive. His role in a tavern brawl almost led him to the gallows, though his life was saved by an eleventh-hour pardon by the King. Over time he attracted many supporters, practically all of whom he managed to alienate by the time of his death in a debtors' prison in Bristol. Johnson, who had been friends with Savage for a little over a year, drew on published documents and his own memories of Savage to produce one of the first great English biographies. The edition is supplemented by other writings by Johnson, a selection of Savage's prose and verse, contemporary and posthumous responses to Savage and to Johnson's biography, and selections by Johnson's first two major biographers, John Hawkins and James Boswell. A discussion of factual errors in Johnson's account help the reader place the Life and the supplementary texts in their historical and intellectual contexts."--
Coleridge by Richard Holmes( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

v. 1 : Early visions. Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. Coleridge: Early Visions is the first part of Holmes's classic biography of Coleridge that forever transformed our view of the poet of 'Kubla Khan' and his place in the Romantic Movement. Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge's poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence. He is vivid and unexpected. Holmes draws the reader into the labyrinthine complications of his subject's personality and literary power, and faces us with profound questions about the nature of creativity, the relations between sexuality and friendship, the shifting grounds of political and religious belief. - Publisher
Sidetracks : explorations of a romantic biographer by Richard Holmes( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""This is the fragmented tale of a single biographical quest," says Holmes, "a thirty-year journey in search of the perfect Romantic subject and the form to fit it."" "Sidetracks pursues this quest through an extraordinary and eclectic assortment of Romantic and Gothic writers and personalities - French, English, Dutch, and American, some major, some minor, but all made hypnotically alive and memorable through Holmes's transforming touch. We meet Chatterton and de Nerval, Mary Wollstonecraft and Godwin, James Boswell and Robert Louis Stevenson, Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda." "With each of these twenty pieces Holmes shows how fluid, playful, and unconstrained the many voices of biography can be. The collection is held together by a subtle autobiographical thread: "To be sidetracked is, after all, to be led astray by a path or an idea, a scent or a tune, and maybe lost forever.""--Jacket
 
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The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
Alternative Names
Richard Holmes Author

Richard Holmes autor y académico británico

Richard Holmes autore e accademico britannico

Richard Holmes Biographe britannique

Richard Holmes britischer Biograf

Richard Holmes Brits auteur

홈스, 리차드 1945-

リチャード・ホームズ

Languages
English (347)

Chinese (5)

Dutch (3)

French (2)

Polish (2)

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The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of scienceShelley : the pursuitDr. Johnson & Mr. SavageShelley on love : an anthologyLetters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and DenmarkLes chimèresThe Romantic poets and their circleThe age of wonder : [how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science]