Saturday, 20 January 2007

Why the title Rebel Angel?

Here, in his own handwriting, is what John Keats wrote to a friend:

I feel confident I should have been a rebel Angel had the opportunity been mine.

Because of his poor birth and upbringing and his lack of a university education, he was never accepted by the literary Establishment, and his politics were distinctly left of centre, so his claim to Haydon is not without substance.

" ... striking narrative manner and unembellished style ... attractive and reader-friendly packaging ..."

– Marina le Roux in Die Burger 17 October 2005 (translated from Afrikaans)