Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 Nonfiction |

George and John

The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George by Denise Gigante. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011. 467+pp. $35.00, hardcover.   Whatever else is required of it and whatever else it is, biography is an act of imagination. It is an act of drawing inferences, making connections, assembling fact, selecting the vital from the various, and, among other things, transcending the artifice of mere linear structure by means of the art of resonant texture. The imagination, regardless of genre, does not make up, it makes from. This is fundamentally true of re-creating a life in prose. Walter Jackson Bate's great biography of Samuel Johnson is a discovered text in which the author's love of his subject develops before our eyes. Robert Caro's still incomplete yet already monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is a massive text in which the author comes to loathe his subject while brilliantly illuminating Johnson's power. John Keats is just about the most written about Engli

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Stanley Plumly’s most recent book of poems is Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2012). His collection Old Heart won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2015, his book of prose The Immortal Evening won the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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