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Holmes, Richard 1945-

Overview
Works: 77 works in 461 publications in 3 languages and 16,238 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Records and correspondence  Portraits  Outlines and syllabi  Poetry 
Subject Headings: Authors, English  Authors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, win
Classifications: PR5431, 821.7
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Falling upwards : how we took to the air by Richard Holmes( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,165 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 )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 965 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."
Coleridge by Richard Holmes( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shelley on love : an anthology by Percy Bysshe Shelley( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

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

A short residence was first published in 1796 and Memoirs was first published in 1798
The chimeras by Gérard de Nerval( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 219 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 135 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 110 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 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johnson on Savage : an account of the life of Mr. Richard Savage, son of the Earl Rivers by Samuel Johnson( Book )

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

Coleridge by Richard Holmes( Book )

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

v. 2 : Darker reflections. Richard Holmes's Coleridge: Early Visions won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, the long-awaited second volume, chronicles the last 30 years of his career (1804-1834), a period of domestic and professional turmoil. His marriage foundered, his opium addiction increased, he quarreled bitterly with Wordsworth, and his son, Hartley (a gifted poet himself), became an alcoholic. But after a desperate time of transition, Coleridge reemerged as a new kind of philosophical and meditative author, a great and daring poet, and a lecturer of genius. Holmes traces the development of Coleridge into a legend among the younger generation of Romantic writers -- the "hooded eagle amongst blinking owls" -- and the influence he had on Hazlitt, De Qunicey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Walter Scott, Carlyle, and J.S.Mill, among others. And he rediscovers Coleridge's power as a conversationalist and a ceaseless generator of ideas. As Charles Lamb noted, "his face when he repeats his versus half its ancient glory, an Archangel a little damaged." Although Coleridge's later life was not a happy one, it is continually fascinating. As Holmes brings it vividly to life in these pages, we feel his hopeless heart aches, his moments of elation, his electrifying creativity and boundless energy, his unfailing ability to rescue himself from the darkest of this. The result is a brilliantly animated, superbly detailed, wondrously provocative portrait of an extraordinary artist and an even more extraordinary human being. - Jacket flap
Southey on Nelson : the life of Nelson by Robert Southey( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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A short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
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-

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Languages
English (168)

Dutch (2)

Chinese (2)

Covers
Selected poemsShelley on love : an anthologyA short residence in Sweden, Norway, and DenmarkThe Romantic poets and their circleThe age of wonder : [how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science]My fantomsGodwin on Wollstonecraft : memoirs of the author of 'The rights of woman'Gilchrist on Blake : life of William Blake, pictor ignotus