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Richard Holmes

RICHARD HOLMES is the author of The Age of Wonder, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Books Critics Circle Award, and was one of The New York Times Book Review’s Best Books of the Year in 2009. Holmes’s other books include Footsteps, Sidetracks, Shelley: The Pursuit (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award) Coleridge: Early Visions (winner of the1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award) Coleridge: Darker Reflections (an NBCC finalist), and Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage (winner of the James Tait Black Prize). He was awarded the OBE in 1992. He lives in England.

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Richard Holmes's Books

Falling Upwards

Falling Upwards

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)****Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013****The New Republic Best Books of 2013**In this heart-lifting chronicle,...

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Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. Coleridge:...

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The Age of Wonder

The Age of Wonder

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of...

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Sidetracks

Sidetracks

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography....

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The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes Now on Sale

The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes Now on Sale

THE AGE OF WONDER, Richard Holmes’s “amazingly ambitious, buoyant new fusion of history, art, science, philosophy and biography” (The New York Times), is now on sale. Publishers Weekly’s starred Pick of the Week and a New York Times Book Review cover, THE AGE OF WONDER is a riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. Read…

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Richard Holmes, Author of The Age of Wonder on NPR

Richard Holmes, Author of The Age of Wonder on NPR

Author of The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes will be coming to the U.S. in March for three events to discuss his book. He will appear on WNYC-FM (NPR)’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” on March 9th. His book, The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. The Age of Wonder will be releas…

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The Age of Wonder Hits NYTBR's Top 10!

The Age of Wonder Hits NYTBR's Top 10!

The New York Times Book Review has chosen Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder as one of its top 10 best books of the year, calling it a “superb intellectual history.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Karen Long also just picked The Age of Wonder as one of the top gift books of the year. Praise for The Age of Wonder “Holmes’s enthralling book itself exemplifies those qualities fostered by a scientific culture: the sense o…

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The New York Times Raves about The Age of Wonder

The New York Times Raves about The Age of Wonder

The New York Times calls Richard Holmes’s THE AGE OF WONDER an “amazingly ambitious, buoyant new fusion of history, art, science, philosophy and biography….Mr. Holmes’s excitement at fusing long-familiar events and personages into something startlingly new is not unlike the exuberance of the age that animates his groundbreaking book.”…

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for the 2009 publishing year last night at a ceremony in New York City. Congratulations to all the award recipients, including Richard Holmes for nonfiction (The Age of Wonder) and Blake Bailey for biography (Cheever). Originally published by Pantheon and Knopf, respectively, both are new in paperback from Vintage Books! The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the me…

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