When the poet John Keats met Fanny Brawne, he was quite taken by her. They met in 1818, and in a letter to his brother George that autumn he remarked that she was "beautiful and elegant, graceful, silly, fashionable and strange." This collection, from the Keats Collection at Harvard University, brings together items that illuminate their courtship, including a number of Keats's love letters to Brawne. The Introduction area is a good place to start, since it provides a nice introduction to Keats and Brawne. The other sections here (such as 1818 through 1819) document their budding affection through autograph letters, silhouettes, photographs, and a lock of Brawne's hair. Perhaps the most moving section here is the Love Made Public area. Here visitors will find correspondence and materials related to the discovery of their love by other parties, told through letters and other documents. It's quite a story and one that will fascinate anyone with an interest in affairs of the heart.


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