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Early Recollections

Early Recollections
Chiefly Relating to the Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, during his Long Residence in Bristol
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079327

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  • The reminiscences of Bristol bookseller Joseph Cottle (1770–1853) have been described as 'unreliable but essential'. The son of a tailor, Cottle was an avid reader, opening a bookshop in 1791. Three years later he was introduced to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, and became the earliest publisher of their works: through them, he also knew Wordsworth, and published the Lyrical Ballads in 1798. He later fell out with all three men, and in 1837 published (despite Southey and Coleridge's family attempting to prevent it) this quickly notorious two-volume work, through which Cottle lost an expensive libel case in which he was sued by Hannah More's coachman. Ten years later, he recast the book as Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (also reissued in this series). Both works contain evasions and distortions, but are valuable for their account of some vital years in the lives of the great Romantic poets.

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079327
    • length: 738 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Observations on portraits
    Early recollections, part 1. Volume 2: Early recollections, part 2.

  • Author

    Joseph Cottle

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