Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Now a love letter sent by John Keats to his young fiancée Fanny Brawne has sold for an astonishing £96,000 at auction.
The poet composed the 170-word note in 1820 while suffering from tuberculosis. He died the following year, aged just 25.
In the letter, which was sold by auction house Bonhams to the City of London Corporation, he described himself as a ‘poor prisoner’ because his disease prevented him from kissing Miss Brawne.
The Romantic poet, whose works include Bright Star and Ode to a Nightingale, fell in love with the teenage Miss Brawne when she moved in next door to his home in Hampstead, north London.
But their relationship was never consummated because of his highly contagious illness.
In the letter, he wrote: ‘I shall Kiss your name and mine where your Lips have been – Lips! Why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things.
‘Thank God, though I hold them the dearest pleasures in the universe, I have a consolation independent of them in the certainty of your affectation.’"