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Jonathan Bate

Bright Star, Green Light: The Beautiful Works and Damned Lives of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Starts at: Tuesday 19 October 6:00 PM
Finishes at: Tuesday 19 October 7:00 PM

This wonderfully moving book marks the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats, and the centenary of the start of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age. Two lives with interwoven fates cut tragically short: both loved to drink, both plagued by tuberculosis, both haunted by their first love, and writing at the dawn of decades of release, experimentation and decadence.

Who ever throws off the heart-aching romantic spell of a first reading of The Great Gatsby; the agonies and ecstasies of Keats’s ‘charm’d magic casements’, ‘faery lands forlorn’ or ‘seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness’? Fitzgerald titled Tender is the Night from Keats’s poem….. Keats wrote in 1818, ‘I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death’.

Luminous and vital, this biography highlights how the best of writers, even when long dead, continue to haunt us and to speak beyond their ages.

Sir Jonathan Bate CBE, knighted for services to literary scholarship, specialist in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism, unfolds their lives, the influence of these two young Romantic figures and why they endure in our hearts.