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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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A Dismal Return 1820

A Dismal Return 1820

(p.93) A Dismal Return 1820
George Keats of Kentucky

Lawrence M. Crutcher

University Press of Kentucky

George returns to London to settle his brother Tom Keats’ estate. Unknown to him, Georgiana and their daughter Georgiana Emily, staying with the Bakewells in Louisville, are both extremely ill, but survive. George meets John's love, Fanny Brawne, and doesn’t particularly like her. George and John have another settling of accounts, this time with George taking as much as he possibly can to America. While a fair divide- up, it leave John perilously short of funds, although George expected that John would shortly be receiving royalty income. Fanny Keats’ hated life with the Abbeys is recounted. John feels that he will be “among the English poets,” although Tory reviewers are harshly criticizing his work. John writes sympathetically to Georgiana about her hard life in Louisville. A coming disaffection with George reveals itself. After George's departure back to America, John spits blood and realizes he has consumption.

Keywords:   Fanny Brawne, Graveyard of the West, Abbey account, No favorite, Extravagant, Selfish, Disillusionment, Death warrant

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