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Writing biographies should be an immersive experience, posits Richard Holmes, and here he delves into the intricate methods and the personal cost of writing such books as the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Age of Wonder. Revisiting the lives that he has studied over the decades, Holmes evokes women both scientific and literary: Margaret Cavendish, Germaine de Staël, and Mary Wollstonecraft, while dispelling the myths that have overshadowed some favorite Romantic figures: John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Blake.
"I am a Richard Holmes addict.... Only Holmes, who is so deeply versed in the people and culture of eighteenth-century science, could tell these stories with such verve and resonance." —Oliver Sacks
"Elegant... Nobody has thought longer or harder about the nature of biography as a literary form than Holmes." —Wall Street Journal