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This two-volume biography of William Wordsworth (1770–1850) was published in 1851 by his nephew, Christopher (1807–85), a scholar who later became bishop of Lincoln. The introductory chapter argues against the presentation of a 'life', or a critical assessment of Wordsworth's works. The poet felt strongly that the life was in the works, and that they should 'plead their own cause before the tribune of Posterity'. Nevertheless, an elucidation of the facts of Wordsworth's life would - precisely because his poems are so personal - help the reader to understand his verse; and to be best understood, it should be studied chronologically, for which a 'biographical commentary' would be essential. Christopher Wordsworth, having agreed to undertake this task, prefaces Volume 1 with an autobiographical sketch by the poet and then continues to 1810; Volume 2 opens with his move to Rydal Mount in 1811, and continues until his death.
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- Date Published: September 2014
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108075756
- length: 1014 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 140 x 38 mm
- weight: 0.81kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface
1. Introductory chapter
2. Autobiographical memoranda
3. Rydal Mount
4. Birth and parentage of William Wordsworth
6. College life
7. College vacations
8. Residence in France
9. Feelings and opinions on returning to England
12. The tragedy
13. The 'Lyrical Ballads'
14. Residence in Germany
15. Return towards England
16. Settlement at Grasmere
17. Second volume of 'Lyrical Ballads'
18. Residence at Grasmere
20. Tour in Scotland
21. Sir George Beaumont
22. Captain Wordsworth
23. Continuation of 'The Prelude'
24. Other poems written in 1805 and 1806
25. Poems in Two Volumes published in 1807
26. Mr Wordsworth at Coleorton
27. His children
28. 'Convention of Cintra'
29. Advice to the young
30. Essay on epitaphs
31. Description of the scenery of the Lakes. Volume 2:
32. Removal to Rydal
33. Opinions on certain questions of policy, domestic and foreign
34. Tour in Scotland
35. 'The Excursion'
36. 'The White Doe of Rylstone'
38. Letter to a friend of Burns
39. Peter Bell
40. Memorials of a tour on the Continent
41. Ecclesiastical sonnets
42. Tour in Holland, etc.
43. On the church of Rome
44. Poems written in 1826–31
45. On education
46. Personal history, 1819–30
47. Yarrow revisited, and other poems
48. Memorials of a tour in Scotland, etc.
49. Political apprehensions
50. Domestic history, 1833–7
51. Personal reminiscences, 1836
52. Memorials of a tour in Italy
53. Other poems in the same volume
54. Personal narrative
55. Personal history
56. Personal history, 1840, 1841
57. Personal history, 1841–3
58. Appointment to the laureateship
59. Personal history, 1843–5
60. Personal history, 1846
61. Personal history
63. Reminiscences, miscellaneous memoranda
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