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I wish I could give this sublime marrying of the art and the life 10 stars. This is very much a writer’s biography, and an absolutely gorgeous demonstration of how to frame a narrative begins, appropriately enough, with the framing by Gorra of the author, Henry James: “Many years later he would remember the way the book had begun. He was old then, and in England ....” It’s a description that mirrors beautifully the framing by James himself of the entrance of his great heroine, Isabel Archer, in The Portrait of a Lady, as “the girl in the doorway”.

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Keats exam is not a thing of beauty

Three senior English examiners have resigned because they believe new exam rules are completely unsuitable for marking questions on Keats' concept of beauty.

BOOKS: FLIGHT OF AN ENCHANTER

Early promise, late excuses. Two hundred years on, Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 'the model for all writers who can't deliver' - is revived for our age by three new books

BOOK REVIEW / Entrancements on the local bus

Jeff Nuttall encounters priestly kisses and exiled flautists

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From Mr Liam Dunne

Ode to mud and sodden bonfires

A recent study showed that if John Keats had lived his short lifespan today, training under modern NHS conditions, he would never have had time to write any poetry at all.

The myth and the man

You won't find the real Keats, born 200 years ago today, in his poetry. By Michael Glover

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEATS

John Keats was born on 31 October 1795, and to celebrate the bicentennial there's a wreath-laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey (Keats was only admitted into the pantheon in the 1950s!) with readings by Victoria Glendinning, Ian McEwan, Michele Roberts and Keats biographer Andrew Motion (6pm, 31 Oct, details 0171 976 0983).

Keats anniversary inspires BBC to stage day of poetry

Romantic revival: Media's literary feast overshadowed by fears that poet's 'neglected' London home may be forced to close

Poet's house rots as councils dither

'Ever let the fancy roam, Pleasure never is at home' - John Keats

RUDYARD KIPLING'S 'IF' VOTED NATION'S FAVOURITE POEM

If you can keep your head when all about you

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Permanently Bard: Selected Poetry by Tony Harrison Bloodaxe, pounds 7.9 5

BOOKS; Apollo the great painkiller

JOHN KEATS: A Life by Stephen Coote, Hodder & Stoughton pounds 18
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