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Richard Holmes is an award-wining British author best-known for his biographical studies of
major figures of British and French Romanticism. Recent books include Falling Upwards, How
We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning, and The Age of Wonder, both winners of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He was awarded the OBE in 1992, and is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
and of the British Academy. His new book, This Long Pursuit, is a confessional chronicle and pilgrimage that takes him across
three centuries, through much of Europe and into both his intellectual passions as well as the lively company of many earlier
biographers. Central to his book is a powerful evocation of the lives of women—both scientific and literary.
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