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Lawrence M. Crutcher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136882

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136882.001.0001

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Who Failed The Poet? 1820–1821

Who Failed The Poet? 1820–1821

(p.113) Who Failed The Poet? 1820–1821
George Keats of Kentucky

Lawrence M. Crutcher

University Press of Kentucky

In the context of some blaming George for not sending money that in their minds might have spared John from tuberculosis, multiple potential causes of his death are examined. The Tory reviewers Croker and Wilson greatly depressed John, seeming to divert him from any creative efforts in 1820. He was exposed to some of the worst treatment theories in the history of tuberculosis, including a near-starvation diet, being cooped up in the rank air of a sealed room, and deprived of pain killers. The arduous trip to Italy, recommended by his friends, included bad weather and a stifling period of quarantine off Naples, nearly killing him. But in the end, it was the poet's indifference to his own well-being that was the root cause of his death. George was not to blame.

Keywords:   posthumous year, Tombstone, Writ in water, Scoundrel, Misapprehension

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