'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 is Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford and on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (Macmillan) and the author of many books, including John Clare: A Biography (Picador), which was short-listed for seven prizes and won Britain's two oldest literary awards, the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Professor Bate has lectured on Shakespeare throughout the world and has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and the University of California. He was made CBE in the Queen's 80th birthday honours, for his services to literature and higher education.