Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
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Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer

In this gripping book, Holmes takes us from France's Massif Central, where he followed the route taken by Robert Louis Stevenson and a sweet-natured donkey, to Mary Wollstonecraft's Revolutionary Paris, to the Italian villages where Percy Shelley tried to cast off the strictures of English morality and marriage. Footsteps is a wonderful exploration of the ties between biographers and their subjects, filled with passion and revelation.

Title:Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:296 pages

    Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer Reviews

  • Tim
    Jun 29, 2008

    Subtitled "Adventures of a Romantic Biographer," this book gives the backstory of Holmes' youthful pursuit of the places inhabited by his literary heroes, a practice that led him to become a masterful...

  • Tuck
    Feb 01, 2013

    “il buon tempo arriva”This informative, but rather dull, biography, how-to-write a biography, autobiography of Richard holmes, who wrote about Shelley, Coleridge, and “dr Johnson and mr savage...

  • Douglas Dalrymple
    Dec 07, 2015

    Richard Holmes is on my personal short list of the very best nonfiction writers living today. The man is amazing. He seems to be incapable of making false steps. It was three years ago that I read my ...

  • Crystal
    Jul 03, 2009

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. It was assigned for a Stanford class in Biography. Following the footsteps of biographical subjects of the past, he relates their lives to contemporary Fr...

  • Diane Challenor
    Aug 26, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. It was made up of four biographical feature stories related to the authors research. One about Robert Louis Stevenson, one about Mary Wollstonecraft and one about Percy She...

  • Monique
    Feb 12, 2014

    Footsteps is an intriguing work tracing the captivating bohemian lives of Robert Louis Stevenson, Percy Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Gerard de Nerval. Both author and reader are drawn dangerously...

  • Gavin Scott
    Sep 07, 2010

    Fascinating short biographical sketches by a master of the art. His stories of Bohemian Paris inspired me to create the TV series "The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne"...

  • Iain
    Apr 02, 2016


  • Vincent Hernot
    Nov 01, 2016

    This is a magnificent achievement, both as book and as structure: the man can write, but the man can also bring together different strands, different angles almost effortlessly. Impressive indeed.He h...

  • Fernando Jimenez
    Dec 29, 2016

    Reunión de cuatro breves estudios biográficos sobre varios escritores del siglo XIX en los que es tan apasionante la descripción de sus peripecias como los del propio autor, que va deslizando un au...