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Hay Festival 2004,
Holmes argues that biography is a form of writing in which English literature has produced great masterpieces. He is re-publishing a series of the most thrilling examples and introduces Southey on Nelson, Johnson on Savage, and Gilchrist's life of Blake. Holmes is the biographer of Shelly and Coleridge, and author of the magnificent Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.