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To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats and one hundred years on from the decade defined by F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Jazz Age, in Plutarch’s age-old model of biography, Jonathan Bate recreates the two shining, tragic lives in parallel, reflecting on what these two greatest of writers meant as the young Romantic figures of their twinned centuries, why they endure, and how Fitzgerald was profoundly influenced by Keats, titling Tender is the Night and other works from the poet’s lines.
‘plenty to take pleasure in’ Rachel Cooke The Guardian
Jonathan Bate CBE, FBA, FRSL, the youngest person ever to have been knighted for services to literary scholarship, is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, where he was formerly Provost of Worcester College, and Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University. He has served on the Board of the RSC, broadcast for the BBC, and written for The Guardian, Times, Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and TLS. His numerous works on Shakespeare include Soul of The Age (runner up for the PEN American Biography Award) and The Genius of Shakespeare. He has also written award-winning biographies of John Clare and Ted Hughes; on nature and poetry: The Song of the Earth; a one-man play for Simon Callow Being Shakespeare; and a selection of his own poems The Shepherd’s Hut with all royalties going to ReLit.
Principal sponsor for this event is Shuttlefish Creative Tel 01386 335547