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Contents: Preface; Part 1: Grenoble; Paris and Italy; Apprenticeship; Worldly success; Russia; Decline and Fall; Part 2: The Foreigner in Italy;La Scala; Questions of Language; ... and of Art; Napoleon; The Edinburgh Review; The First Visit to England; Romanticism, Love and Walter Scott. Part 3: The Book on Love; Love, Sex and the Second Visit to England; Shakespeare, Kean and The Examiner; A New Career; Byron and Scott; Hazlitt; The Death of Byron; The Third Visit to England; Armance; Yet More Byron; Hobhouse Answers Back; More Scott, The Red and the Black and the July Revolution. Part 4: Civita Vecchia; Lucien Leuwen; Lockhart and the Tourist Memoirs; A Turn to the Right?; The Charterhouse of Parma; Post-mortem; Paton and Henry James; Final Reckonings.

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Professor David Ellis is Emeritus Professor in the School of English, University of Kent. He read English at Cambridge under F. R. Leavis and then spent three years teaching in Australia. He also had three, year-long visits to the United States, two of them as a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and then the University of Indiana in Bloomington. A third was as a research fellow of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. After first publishing a translation of Stendhal's Souvenirs d'Egotisme and then a book on The Prelude with Cambridge University Press (Wordsworth, Freud and the spots of time), David was invited to write the third volume of the Cambridge biography of D. H. Lawrence (Dying Game). This appeared in 1998 and was short-listed for the James Tait Black prize. Following its publication he continued to work on Lawrence, writing numerous essays, and publishing in 2008 Death and the Author: How D. H. Lawrence died, and was remembered (Oxford University Press). He has also written a good deal on Shakespeare, in 2007 linking his interest in the plays to a fascination with comedy I order to produce Shakespeare's Practical Jokes (Bucknell University Press). More recently he has gone back to the Romantic period with Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816 (Liverpool University Press, 2011); continued to explore problems of biography in The Truth about William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); and published Memoirs of a Leavisite: The Decline and Fall of 'Cambridge English' (Liverpool University Press, 2013). In April 2015, Bloomsbury brought out his tribute to a philosopher friend and Kent colleague, Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves, and Clemson University Press published his Love and Sex in D. H. Lawrence.


"David Ellis is a writer of exceptional insight and his new book throws a fascinating light on Stendhal's views of Britain, and of British writers." Jenny Uglow, biographer, historian, critic and publisher.

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