Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes is a British author and biographer, best known for his works on the Romantic period. He has written extensively on figures such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Holmes is acclaimed for his accessible narrative style and meticulous historical research, bringing to life the subjects of his biographies and the times in which they lived.


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  1. 1. The Age Of Wonder

    "The Age of Wonder" explores the scientific and cultural advancements of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, known as the Romantic Age. Richard Holmes delves into the lives and achievements of prominent figures such as Joseph Banks, Humphry Davy, and William Herschel, who revolutionized fields like astronomy, chemistry, and botany. Through vivid storytelling, Holmes captures the spirit of curiosity, imagination, and wonder that defined this era, highlighting the profound impact it had on shaping our modern understanding of science and the world.

  2. 2. Coleridge: Early Visions

    "Coleridge: Early Visions" is a comprehensive biography that offers an in-depth look into the life of one of the most influential English Romantic poets. The book chronicles the poet's early life, his education, his relationships and his struggles with opium addiction. It also delves into his philosophical ideas, his collaborations with other notable figures of his time, and his literary contributions, particularly his poetry and critical essays. The biography provides a detailed and nuanced portrayal of the poet's complex personality, his creative process, and the social and cultural context in which he lived and worked.