Readership: Readers with an interest in Keats; art historians; Italophiles; students and scholars of the Romantic period as well as the interested general reader.
Sue Brown, Independent scholar
Sue Brown is an independent scholar based in London and Malta. She read history at Oxford and Toronto Universities. For over thirty years she was a career civil servant, including spells with the British Embassy in Washington and as Head of the Arts Division at the Department of National Heritage. She has published a number of articles on Gladstone and on Severn and co-edited with Grant Scott New Letters of Charles Brown to Joseph Severn (2007). Her latest book is Small Island, Great Riches The Life of Paul Asciak, Tenor and Teacher from Malta (Allied Publications, 2010).
"ambitiously researched and richly detailed... [a] fine study" - Robert Ryan, Keats Shelley Review
"Sue Brown's lively new biography of Severn will be an invaluable contribution to Romantic scholarship" - Keats-Shelley Journal
"Crisply written and clear-sighted biography...in Sue Brown's hands he [Joseph Severn] becomes a cockney chancer, a charming maverick, a spinner of yarns whose name will never be writ in water." - Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
"Sue Brown's is as full, fine and sensitive an account of his life as could be wished for" - Ann Wroe, The Tablet
"a full-length, extremely readable, exquisitely documented biography" -
Jack Stillinger, Studies in Romanticism
"Careful, thorough, authoritative and scholarly, Brown's book can justly claim to be the first full - cradle to grave - biography" - Bill St Clair, The Literary Review
"full of new material and insight... [Severn's] exchanges with an exasperated Foreign Office are worthy of a comic novel... Sue Brown's judicious biography, while giving Severn back his own Life, also sheds new light on Keats's 'Posthumous Life'" - Pamela Neville-Sington, Romanticism
"This is an enjoyable biography which probes a fascinating character and provides a sound historical and cultural background" - Leonee Ormond, The Burlington Magazine
"A balance portrait of Severn...
This accessible book will interest Keats fans and scholars, and it will also attract readers interested in 19th-century British communities in Italy or in the sometimes-nasty British artistic community... Recommended." - Choice
1: A Hazardous Childhood
2: The Royal Academy Student
3: Painter and Poet
4: The Warm South
5: Piazza di Spagna
6: 'Thanks Joe'
7: 'The Most Striking Year of My Life'
8: The RA Pensioner
9: 'Searching for Fame and Fortune'
10: Love, Marriage, and Persecution
11: 'Everybody's Man and a Very Obliging Creature': Severn in his Roman Prime
12: Going Home
13: The Passion for Fresco
14: The Friend of Keats
15: An Interlude in Pimlico
16: British Consul
17: The New Rome
18: Keeper of the Flame
19: A Fitting Place
Sue Brown on the OUP BlogJohn Keats' death in The Times, including an interview with Sue BrownArticle on Keats' death in The GuardianArticle on Sue Brown's new biography in The TelegraphJohn Keats' death in The Sunday Times, based on an interview with Sue Brown