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The Age of Wonder

How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

by Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2009, 576 pages
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    Mar 2010, 576 pages

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Richard Holmes
Biographer, poet, editor and historian Richard Holmes was born in London and attended Cambridge. He’s the author of:

  • One for Sorrow, Two for Joy (poems)
  • Shelley: The Pursuit
  • Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage
  • Coleridge: Early Visions
  • Coleridge: Darker Reflections
  • Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
  • Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
  • Insights: The Romantic Poets and their Circle

Of biography Holmes says:
Richard Holmes"Of course I think biography aspires to be an art, just as the novel does. It is a piece of imaginative storytelling, as well as an historical investigation. It celebrates the wonderful diversity of human nature, and its aim is enlightenment. But biography is also a vocation, a calling. The dead call to us out of the past, like owls calling out of the dark. They ask to be heard, remembered, understood."

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