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- HarperCollins Publishers 2015; US$ 20.27
The authoritative biography on that most fascinating of poets, Ted Hughes. Described by Andrew Motion as, alongside Larkin, 'one of the two great poets of the last half of the last century', Ted Hughes towers among figures of recent world literature. A creative force of rare power and grace, Hughes's poetry engages with the mythical and natural worlds... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.00
?One man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.? In this illuminating, innovative biography, Jonathan Bate, one of today?s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, has found a fascinating new way to tell the story of the great dramatist. Using the Bard?s own immortal list of a man?s seven ages in As You Like It , Bate deduces the... more...
- Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 9.99
Sweeping across two millennia and every literary genre, acclaimed scholar and biographer Jonathan Bate provides a dazzling introduction to English Literature. The focus is wide, shifting from the birth of the novel and the brilliance of English comedy to the deep Englishness of landscape poetry and the ethnic diversity of Britain's Nobel literature... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 17.58
How did plague turn Shakespeare from a jobbing hack into a courtly poet? How did Bottom's dream rewrite the Bible? How did Shakespeare's plays lead to the deaths of an earl and a king? And why was he the one dramatist of his generation never to be imprisoned? Weaving a dazzling tapestry of Elizabethan beliefs and obsessions, private passions and... more...
- Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 13.78
?What distinguished Clare is an unspectacular joy and a love for the inexorable one-thing-after-anotherness of the world? Seamus Heaney John Clare (1793-1864) was a great Romantic poet, with a name to rival that of Blake, Byron, Wordsworth or Shelley ? and a life to match. The ?poet?s poet?, he has a place in the national pantheon and, more tangibly,... more...
- Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.39
'The most important critical work for decades' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times In the brilliantly engaging style that characterised The Genius of Shakespeare , Jonathan Bate has written a series of compelling pieces on the link between literature and the environment and why poetry matters in the new millennium. In fascinating detail, Bate explains... more...
- Pan Macmillan UK 2003; US$ 17.26
Lunatic, lover, poet: this is the definitive biography of John Clare. John Clare was a great Romantic poet, with a name to rival that of Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Wordsworth or Shelley, and a life that was possibly the most extraordinary, and certainly the most moving, of them all. From rural Northamptonshire to literary London, from first love... more...
- Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 9.39
Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? What makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? And how has Shakespeare come to be such a powerful symbol of genius? The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life ? and afterlife ? of the greatest English poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world?s leading Shakespearean... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95
First published in 1991, Romantic Ecology reassesses the poetry of William Wordsworth in the context of the abiding pastoral tradition in English Literature. Jonathan Bate explores the politics of poetry and argues that contrary to critics who suggest that the Wordsworth was a reactionary who failed to represent the harsh economic reality of his... more...
- HarperCollins Publishers 2015; Not Available
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE ?Gripping and at times ineffably sad, this book would be poetic even without the poetry. It will be the standard biography of Ted Hughes for a long time to come? Sunday Times ?Seldom has the life of a writer rattled along with such furious activity ? A moving, fascinating biography? The Times more...