Walter Jackson Bate
A 5×8" 128-page book with automatic style-sheet composition (29 lines per page) with endnotes. Typesetting time: 15 weeks in 28 design sessions; 18 proofing files.
Cover design details:
5×8", spine size 0.273" (128 pp.).
Cover design features a photographic image of the death mask of the poet Keats (Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Rome, Italy). The display typeface is ÆT Obsolete (Regular and Light), an over inked typewriter-like font.
Walter Jackson Bate’s canonical 1939 study of Keats’s concept of negative capability is a genealogical treatise that unearths the socio-political, aesthetic, and intellectual composition of Keats’s most famous poetic idea. He discloses its relation to Hazlitt’s idea of “gusto” and to Shakespearean notions of impersonality and intensity while also demonstrating how negative capability presages Bergson’s conceptual interpretation of intellect and intuition.