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​​Leading Keats Scholar to Discuss New Book

Author Nicholas Roe, a leading scholar of British Romanticism, will discuss his critically acclaimed biography, John Keats: A New Life (Yale University Press, 2012), at Providence College on Tuesday, March 19.

The talk, “John Keats. A New Life. An Illustrated Talk,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Aquinas Lounge and is open to the public.

It is sponsored by the Department of English and supported by the Department of History and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver, professor of English, is pleased to offer PC students this opportunity to hear from a scholar of Roe’s standing.

“Nicholas Roe is both learned and approachable, so students will be able to learn from him, and to see how human and humane the pursuit of knowledge can be,” said Graver. “Like his subject, John Keats, there is nothing stuffy about Nick Roe.”

Called a book that “promises to become the definitive biography of one of the major Romantic poets,” John Keats: A New Life delves deeply into the poet’s life — from childhood to his death at just 25 years old.

A graduate of Trinity College, Oxford, Roe is a professor of English literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His areas of specialization include Romantic literature and culture, especially Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, and Leigh Hunt.

In addition to this most recent book, Roe is the author of Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt (Random House, 2005), John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (Clarendon Press, 1998), and Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (Clarendon Press, 1990).

Roe is an honorary fellow of the English Association, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and chair of The Keats Foundation, Keats House, Hampstead. He is a trustee of The Wordsworth Trust, The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, and The Wordsworth Conference Foundation.

For more information on the event, contact Graver at 401-865-2053, or at

—John Larson

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