Last Keats Love Letter in Private Hands for Sale Tomorrow at Bonhams; Dying Poet Pours Out Heart

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LONDON.- An exceptionally rare and moving love letter from Keats to his fiancée Fanny Brawne is for sale tomorrow – 29 March – as the Roy Davids Collection of Papers and Portraits comes up for auction at Bonhams, New Bond Street. The last of Keats’s 30 surviving love letters to Fanny still in private hands, it is estimated at between £80,000 and £120,000. Keats wrote the letter in 1820 when he was fatally ill with consumption (TB). Though Fanny lived next door to Keats their meetings were restricted by his health which also prevented even the most limited physical contact. Keats refers to this painful constraint in the letter, regretting the fact that they cannot kiss – TB being highly contagious – but consoling himself with the certainty of her love. The full text of the letter is given below. The doomed love affair between Keats and Fanny Brawne is among the most famous in the history of literature and cont