On 12 March 2015, Richard Holmes will deliver one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures, Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Bristol and Beyond.

Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and was made an OBE in 1992. Coleridge: Early Visions won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year, and Coleridge: Darker Reflections won the 1999 Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award.

Read an article by Richard about Coleridge here. Read a London Review of Books review of Coleridge: Darker Reflections here.

Other books include Shelley: The Pursuit, Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, and two studies of Romantic biography and autobiography, Footsteps and Sidetracks.

The Age of Wonder, Richard’s group biography of Romantic poets and scientists, won the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2009 in the UK, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction 2010 in the USA.

Jenny Uglow, Guardian, wrote:

As with all Holmes’s work, from his early study of Shelley to his penetrating, celebratory life of Coleridge, you feel that these are people he has lived with. He knows them from letters, journals and notebooks as well as published works. … He has the trick of making us feel we share their experience … But he is interested, most of all, in the dreams that start people on their path and the way they pick up and modify the knowledge passed on by others. … The Age of Wonder gives us a whole set of “newly connected and newly modified ideas”, a new model for scientific exploration and poetic expression in the Romantic period. Informative and invigorating, generous and beguiling, it is, indeed, wonderful.

Read the full review here.

Richard’s latest book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, is a history of Romantic ballooning: .

Ed O’Loughlin, The Telegraph wrote:

Just as [The Age of Wonder] examines a point in space and time where polymath scientists such as Joseph Banks, Humphry Davy and William and Caroline Herschel could reconcile reason with the sublime, so Falling Upwards traces the later struggle between an apparently doomed romanticism and the ugly facts of industrialised materialism.

Read the full review here.

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