This Long Pursuit

Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

The biographer’s own story fused with a history of the genre, somehow telling both fiction and fact.

By Sir Richard Holmes Read by Charles Armstrong Biographies & Memoirs / History - Other / Literary / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 9h 41m Sell Sheet
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							In this chronicle of his lifelong obsession with re-creating the lives of writers and scientists, Richard Holmes here casts a new eye not only on the Romantic poets and lost women of Romantic science he has long studied, but on their biographers, as well. He examines the evolution of the myths that have overshadowed certain lives (Percy Shelley's death at sea, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's opium-fueled lectures), and reveals how the manner in which each generation tells the stories of the lives that came before it shapes and is shaped by a contemporary understanding of human nature. These portraits are deftly woven with Holmes' own experience as a biographer. A spellbinding examination of the nature of biographical knowledge, brimming with the infectious curiosity of Holmes' catalog.

"Riveting...The author's focus remains sharp throughout...Unparalleled research, transparent prose, and wide eyes can serve as a model for other biographers-indeed, for all other writers." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"An accessible account of the biographer's craft as well as a delightful portrait gallery of fascinating figures." - Library Journal

"A must read...Intriguing and satisfying...All the sketches make illuminating reading, in many cases deliberately setting out to provoke a rethink of earlier biographies...I thoroughly enjoyed the book; indeed I devoured it." - The Guardian (UK)

"All in all, This Long Pursuit offers an abundance of literary entertainment and instruction..." - The Washington Post