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BRIGHT STAR, GREEN LIGHT: THE BEAUTIFUL WORKS AND DAMNED LIVES OF JOHN KEATS AND F. SCOTT FITZGERALD is now available in the UK, with the USA edition coming later in the year. “Go now, read this book” [The Guardian]

RADICAL WORDSWORTH (William Collins UK); USA edition (Yale UP). Now in paperback in the UK. “This excellent, intellectually rousing book” [The Times] … “deserves to take its place as the finest modern introduction to his work, life and impact. It shows how and why Wordsworth made a difference” [Financial Times] … “like everything Bate writes, richly repays reading, and bears comparison with his pioneering life of Ted Hughes” [John Carey, Sunday Times]

How the Classics made Shakespeare, now in paperback from Princeton University Press: “A model of sensitively marshaled humanist learning and thoughtful appreciation … deserves an accolade too seldom awarded to academic works: Besides being eminently readable, it proffers illuminating observations and facts on every page” [Michael Dirda, Washington Post]

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, winner of the Biographers International Organization 2015 Award for Excellence in Biography & runner-up for the Samuel Johnson Prize: “Remarkable … one of the very best biographies in years” [Joyce Carol Oates]

The Arden Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus, revised edition, now available, with a new introduction.

The Shepherd’s Hut: Poems by Jonathan Bate, illustrated by Emma Bridgewater, now available.

“One of the great modern Shakespeare scholars”

(New York Review of Books)