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Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes is the author of The Age of Wonder, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Books Critics Circle Award, and was one of the New York Times Book Review's Best Books of the Year in 2009. Holmes's other books include This Long Pursuit, Footsteps, Sidetracks, Shelley: The Pursuit (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Coleridge: Early Visions (winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award), Coleridge: Darker Reflections (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage (winner of the James Tait Black Prize). He was awarded the OBE in 1992. He... Read More

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Selected Poems
Written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Introduction by Richard Holmes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042429-4 (0-14-042429-6)

With this collection, renowned Colridge biographer Richard Holmes casts new light on the poets sensibilities and accomplishments. Holmes divides the poems into eight categories of theme and genre, dispelling the myth of Coleridge as "the metaphysical dreamer" and rediscovering him as a Romantic autobiographer of tremendous power and range. At the heart... Read more

The Age of Wonder
Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2010
$22.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3187-0 (1-4000-3187-7)

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise... Read more

Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804
Written by Richard Holmes
Pantheon | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$22.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70540-3 (0-375-70540-6)

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... Read more

Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage
Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75770-2 (0-679-75770-8)

In this outstanding, eminently readable work of literary scholarship, Holmes explores the enigmatic friendship between Samuel Johnson and the poet Richard Savage, whom Johnson memorialized in Lives of the Poets. Synthesizing a wide array of contradictory historical sources, from Johnson’s Life of Savage to Boswell’s Life of Johnson, the correspondence of... Read more

Falling Upwards
Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2014
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74232-2 (0-307-74232-6)

**Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013**
**The New Republic Best Books of 2013**
**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

In a dazzling fusion of history, art, science, and biography, Falling Upwards resurrects the daring men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air in balloons.

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Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$17.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-77004-6 (0-679-77004-6)

Richard Holmes knew he had become a true biographer the day his bank bounced a check that he had inadvertently dated 1772. Because for the acclaimed chronicler of Shelley and Coleridge, biography is a physical pursuit, an ardent and arduous retracing of footsteps that may have vanished centuries before.
In... Read more

Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$19.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75771-9 (0-679-75771-6)

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales–the forbidden love of... Read more

This Long Pursuit
Written by Richard Holmes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2018
$18.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74234-6 (0-307-74234-2)

Richard Holmes’s luminous meditation on the art of biography explores the fascinating relationship between fact and fiction through his own personal experience as a biographer. Ranging widely over art, science, and poetry, Holmes describes a pilgrimage of the heart that has taken him across three centuries. He powerfully evokes the lives...

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