Author(s): Richard Holmes
The first volume (winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year) of Richard Holmes's two-volume Coleridge biography which transforms our view of this greatest of Romantic poets. Coleridge: Early Visions is the first part of a major new biography of Coleridge which will transform 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 the poetry, Coleridge's 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.