'The most important critical work for decades' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
In the brilliantly engaging style that characterised The Genius of Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate has written a series of compelling pieces on the link between literature and the environment and why poetry matters in the new millennium. In fascinating detail, Bate explains how words like 'culture' and 'environment' have evolved since the writing of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Romantics to the present day.
'Bate presents his case with an emotional conviction which is almost impossible to resist' The Times
'Anyone familiar with Bate's The Genius of Shakespeare will know how winningly he marries erudition to liveliness' John Coldstream, Daily Telegraph
'I came away from the book deeply grateful for its impassioned song' Adam Thorpe, Sunday Telegraph
Jonathan Bate, born in 1958, is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and was previously Fellow of Trinity Hall, Carnbridge. He has edited Arden Shakespeare editions and is author of The Genius of Shakespeare and a novel, The Cure for Love. He writes regularly for the Telegraph, TLS and Independent and often appears on radio and TV. He lives in the Wirral with his wife and son and is currently working on a biography of John Clare.