John Keats. A New Life (Yale University Press, 2012)

(ed.) English Romantic Writers and the West Country (Palgrave, 2010)

(ed.) Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt (Pimlico, 2005)

(ed.) Leigh Hunt: Life, Poetics, Politics (Routledge, 2003)

(ed.) Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life (Oxford University Press, 2001)

John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (Oxford University Press, 1997), paperback 1998

Keats and History (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (Oxford University Press, 1988), Clarendon Paperback 1990

The Politics of Nature: William Wordsworth and Some Contemporaries (Macmillan, 1992), revised edition by Palgrave, 2002

(ed.) William Wordsworth: Selected Poetry (Penguin, 1992)

Coleridge's Imagination, ed. Richard Gravil, Lucy Newlyn and Nicholas Roe (Cambridge University Press, 1985)


'Leigh Hunt in Italy, 1822-1825', Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 8 (2006), pp. 87-97

'Eating Romantic England: the Foot and Mouth Epidemic and its Consequences', in Cultures of Taste / Theories of Appetite: Eating Romanticism, ed. Timothy Morton (Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2004), pp. 97-112

'Politics, History, and Wordsworth's Poems', in The Cambridge Companion to William Wordsworth, ed. Stephen Gill (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 196-212

'Playing Time', in 'Do you, Mr. Jones?' Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors, ed. Neil Corcoran (Chatto and Windus, 2002), pp. 81-104

'John Keats and George Felton Mathew: Poetics, Politics, and the European Magazine', Keats-Shelley Journal, 49 (2000), pp. 31-46

John Keats  
English Romantic Writers and the West Country  
 Hunt fiery heart
 Leight Hunt
 Coleridge and the sciences
 Keats and dissent
 Keats and history
 Coleridge and Wordsworth
 Politics of Nature
 Coleridge's imagination
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Prof Nicholas Roe

Education and Experience

Nicholas Roe is Wardlaw Professor of English Literature. He is the author of critically acclaimed biographies and studies including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. He was born in 1955 in England's West Country, and lived for many years on the edge of Dartmoor at Yelverton and Clearbrook. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (1967-74), and Trinity College, Oxford (1975-82), before joining the English Department at Queen's University, Belfast(1982-5). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the English Association. He was a Trustee of The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association 1997-2015 and of The Wordsworth Trust 2010-2017. He is Chair of The Keats Foundation, and a trustee of The Wordsworth Conference Foundation. His most recent book is an edited collection, John Keats and the Medical Imagination (2017).

Research Interests

Nicholas Roe's areas of specialisation include Romantic literature and culture, especially Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats and Leigh Hunt. He would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in working on Romantic literature and culture, and biography.

Prof Nicholas Roe

Contact information

Room: CH 42
Phone: 2642

Consultation hours:
By appointment at an agreed time

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Director of Research (Policy, Publications & Grants) (S1)