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by Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes's great work of biographical exploration, rejacketed and republished 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.
Download Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer (King Penguin) epub
ISBN: 0140088601
ISBN13: 978-0140088601
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Richard Holmes
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition. first pb edition (March 3, 1987)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1224 kb
FB2 size: 1861 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 495
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“Footsteps” is easily one of the most charming autobiographies that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Richard Holmes offers readers a take on his pursuits of Romantic writers and how they shaped his life and influenced his books. Unlike most scholars, Holmes takes the field as he tries to get into the heads of his various subjects including Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft. Holmes is, as always, a graceful writer who offers a host of insights and fascinating nuggets and he unweaves his tale. This is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever stumbled across. Highest recommendation.
Entranced with the search of romantics in Europe, Holmes' first person narrative entranced me as he followed in the footsteps of Louis Stevenson's journey thru provincial France; Mary Woolstencraft's adventure during revolutionary France; Shelley's sojourn in Italy with Mary Clairmont and Mary Shelley, and the descent of the French poet Gerard Nerval into madness in late 19th century Paris...

The book looks for the key of these personalities, their motives, artistic process and deepest desires of these fascinating characters, always in retrospect of his own role as a biographer, and of his own quest...

Fabulous writing...
Richard Holmes is one of the very best biographers of the romantic period whose works are set principally in Europe and especially England. His vicarious adventures and concomitant emotions, while following in the footsteps of the famous, are marvelous evocations of nature, love, passion, artistry, and sheer love or horror of life. This book and another, Sidetracks, are wonderful excursions into the unseen world of the mind of great people, scientists, authors et al. Excellent reading. He currently has a best seller in The Age of Wonder which he discussed at the last National Book Festival with the customary flair of a nonchalant, albeit perfectionist, Brit. Enjoy!
I thoroughly enjoyed Holmes's narrative detailing his efforts to trace journeys of some of his biographical subjects in Europe. Much has been written on the art and craft of biography, but Holmes presents biographical research as a physical undertaking and, at times, an adventure. His efforts to trace his subjects' journeys is nicely tied to the prevailing conditions of the times, and one can trace Holmes's development as a biographer. This is a "must read" for any aspiring biographer and, for the rest of us, a highly readable, enjoyable romp through parts of Europe.
blac wolf
So good that I am now reading my fourth Holmes book (three of them in a row), and would like them to keep coming. Holmes makes narrative do things I've never seen it do before, and with more than one narrative method.
As fascinating as the writers the author pursued, fluid prose and neat contexturalising with events in his own 60s and 70s life.
Prince Persie
a really interesting book by a great author
I loved every story he told in it, but the part about Mary Wollstonecraft was very interesting. I never knew that about her.