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Memoirs of William Wordsworth

Memoirs of William Wordsworth
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108075756

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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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    Product details

    • 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
    5. School-time
    6. College life
    7. College vacations
    8. Residence in France
    9. Feelings and opinions on returning to England
    10. Racedown
    11. Alfoxden
    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
    19. Marriage
    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'
    37. Laodamia
    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
    62. Reminiscences
    63. Reminiscences, miscellaneous memoranda
    64. Conclusion

  • Author

    Christopher Wordsworth

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