Monday, 15 January 2007

Reviewed in Keats-Shelley Journal

The prestigious Keats-Shelley Journal Volume LV 2006 published by the Keats-Shelley Association of America Inc. carries a review of Rebel Angel.

"... the book is written in an elegant and direct style ... the passages from Mr Keats's letters are remarkably helpful when trying to place Keats's exact feelings ... Robin Malan writes with a sense of tenderness and kindness ... I would definitely recommend this book to a friend."
- Emily Jakubisin (a. 11)

The adult reviewer Brenda Walton notes: 'Malan's Keats must conquer an audience that does not possess a substantive cultural orientation; he must accomplish a task that at times seems surely as difficult as counting the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin: engaging a middle-schooler. ... Malan's account of Keats offers many careful touches. ... The inclusion of all of Keats's friends reinforces the Keats that emerges from Malan's pages: a young man whose talent and charisma draw others to him. ... Rebel Angel is not the usual juvenile biographical novel: there are a number of innovations. ... Ms Jakubisin's comment perhaps says it all: Malan writes with the "tenderness" that Keats deserves.'

- Keats-Shelley Journal Volume LV (Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc., New York, 2006, pp. 231-3)