Death by reading
This short list of books takes as its starting point the youthful, Romantic figure of Henry Kirke White. Dying in 1806 before he could become famous, White was the subject of a nineteenth-century cult fostered by Robert Southey and among whose devotees were Keats, Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth. Books from White’s library (and that of his family) sit alongside works by the great Romantic poets among whom he might have taken his place had he not read himself to death. We have included a couple of American responses to Romanticism and there are two books given by the the most important patrons of the Romantic movement.
To read the list, click below on the portrait of Henry Kirke White.