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George Keats of Kentucky: A Life

George Keats of Kentucky: A Life


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John Keats's biographers have rarely been fair to George Keats (1797–1841)—pushing him to the background as the younger brother, painting him as a prodigal son, or labeling him as the "business brother." Some have even condemned him as a heartless villain who took more than his fair share of an inheritance and abandoned the ailing poet to pursue his own interests. In this authoritative biography, author Lawrence M. Crutcher demonstrates that George Keats deserves better. Crutcher traces his subject from Regency London to the American frontier, correcting the misconceptions surrounding the Keats brothers' relationship and revealing the details of George's remarkable life in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brilliantly illustrated with more than ninety color photographs, this engaging book reveals how George Keats embraced new business opportunities to become an important member of the developing urban community. In addition, George Keats of Kentucky offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into nineteenth-century life, commerce, and entrepreneurship in Louisville and the Bluegrass.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813136882
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Series: Topics in Kentucky History
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lawrence Crutcher is the great-great-great-grandson of George Keats and the author of The Keats Family.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xiii

The Pivotal Year: 1827-1828 1

Abandoned: 1804-1814 5

Family Origins: 1773-1804 9

Clarke's Schoolboys: 1803-1810 17

Youths about London: 1811-1818 27

Separation and Emigration: 1818 47

Henderson and Audubon: 1818-1819 69

Louisville: 1819 79

A Dismal Return: 1820 93

Getting Established: 1820-1826 103

Who Failed the Poet? 1820-1821 113

Settling Affairs: 1821-1828 123

The Legacy Deferred: 1821-1848 143

Prosperity: 1828-1841 155

Ruin and Death: 1841 173

Aftermath: 1842- 183

Appendix A The George Keats Circle of Friends and Acquaintances 191

Appendix B Pertinent Documents 243

Chronology: Events in the Life of George Keats 253

Notes 265

Bibliography 305

Illustration Credits 317

Index 321

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