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Holmes, Richard 1945-

Overview
Works: 114 works in 623 publications in 5 languages and 17,043 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Poetry  Literature  Ghost stories  Portraits  Interviews 
Subject Headings: Authors, English  Authors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, dir, Translator
Classifications: PR4483, 821.7
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The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science by Richard Holmes( Book )

50 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 2,948 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 )

67 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Richard 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."--Jacket
Coleridge : early visions by Richard Holmes( Book )

53 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,723 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, the shifting grounds of political and religious belief. - Publisher
Falling upwards : how we took to the air by Richard Holmes( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,286 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
Coleridge : darker reflections, 1804-1834 by Richard Holmes( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the 19th century British poet who wrote The Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. The book examines his neuralgia, which turned him into an opium addict, and the influence this had on his writing. It follows his career in the civil service, his failed marriages and a trip to Germany where he came under the influence of German idealism, becoming its principal conduit in England
Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage by Richard Holmes( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 950 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 )

38 editions published between 1900 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly traces the English poet's life, discusses the ideas expressed in his prose and poetry, and takes a close look at The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Coleridge : darker reflections by Richard Holmes( Book )

28 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Holmes's Coleridge: Early Visions won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections is the long-awaited second volume." "Dismissed by many as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and a mystic charlatan, the older Coleridge comes storming back to claim our hearts in this volume which covers the last thirty years of his career (1804-1834), during which time he travelled restlessly through the Mediterranean, returned to his old haunts in the Lake District and the West Country, and finally settled in Highgate. It was a period of domestic and professional turmoil." "Holmes traces the development of Coleridge into a legend amongst the younger generation of Romantic writers - the 'hooded eagle amongst blinking owls' - and the influence he had on Hazlitt, de Quincey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Walter Scott, Carlyle, Sterling, J.S. Mill, F.D. Maurice and others. We re-discover Coleridge's power as a conversationalist and a ceaseless generator of ideas." "Coleridge lives again in these pages so that we can feel his hopeless heartache, his disappointments, his addictions to both Asra and opium, his elated highs and catastrophic lows, his electrifying creativity and boundless energy, and his never-failing ability to rescue himself from the darkest abyss."--Jacket
Shelley on love : an anthology by Percy Bysshe Shelley( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology brings together for the first time Shelley's almost unknown prose writings on the subject of love. Drawn from his notebooks, his essays, his reviews, his fic­tional fragments, his translations, and his continuous stream of private philosophical speculations, it does not merely give a Romantic poet's view of romantic passion, but treats of love at large, in all its forms and manifestations: childhood and parental; adolescent and idealized; heterosexual and homosexual; domestic and poetic; communal and monoga­mous; pagan and Christian; earthly and ideal. It selects three extracts from the lesser-read longer poems, which serve to crystallize his attitudes to love at three critical moments in his personal life: from Alastor (1816), from Julian and Mad­dalo (1818), and from his verse autobiography, Epipsychidion (1821 )"--Preface
A short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short residence was first published in 1796 and Memoirs was first published in 1798
The Romantic poets and their circle by Richard Holmes( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 259 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
Les chimères by Gérard de Nerval( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of wonder : [how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science] by Richard Holmes( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 233 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 )

5 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Footsteps : adventures of a Romantic biographer by Richard Holmes( Book )

33 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van vier reizen in het voetspoor van de romantische letterkundigen R.L.Stevenson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Percy Bysshe Shelley en Gerard de Nerval
Coleridge : early visions, 1772-1804 by Richard Holmes( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sheds new light on poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, revealing the intricacies of both his personality and his literary vision
Coleridge : early visions by Richard Holmes( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination
Falling upwards : how we took to the air by Richard Holmes( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. The story moves from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries and the crazy firework flights of Sophie Blanchard to the astonishing long-distance voyages of American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Fe︠lix Nadar and to the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher, FRS, who rose above seven miles without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology and the environmental notion of a "fragile" planet. Readers will discover the many writers and dreamers--from Mary Shelley to Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens to Jules Verne--who felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work. Moreover, Holmes offers another subtle portrait of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision
The gothic imagination : conversations on fantasy, horror, and science fiction in the media by John C Tibbetts( )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La 4e de couverture indique : "The Gothic tradition continues to excite the popular imagination. John C. Tibbetts presents interviews and conversations with prominent novelists, filmmakers, artists, and film and television directors and actors as they trace the Gothic mode across three centuries, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, through H.P. Lovecraft, to today's science fiction, goth, and steampunk culture. H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Chris (The Polar Express, Jumanji) Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, Gahan Wilson, Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Reeve, Greg Bear, William Shatner, and many more share their worlds of imagination and terror"
 
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The age of wonder : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science
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Shelley : the pursuitColeridge : early visionsColeridge : darker reflections, 1804-1834Dr. Johnson & Mr. SavageColeridgeColeridge : darker reflectionsShelley on love : an anthologyA 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

Richard Holmes escritor británicu

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홈스, 리차드 1945-

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Languages
English (450)

French (3)

Chinese (3)

Dutch (3)

Polish (2)