Portraits of Coleridge

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

byMorton D. Paley

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What do the portraits of a great poet tell us about his life, his image of himself, and the ideas of him held by his friends and his public? Portraits of Coleridge attempts to answer this question with respect to the author of `The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and `Kubla Khan'. It alsoprovides a critical and scholarly study of the portraits as works of art, considering the place of each in the career of the artist who produced it. All the life portraits are discussed in detail, catalogued, and (wherever there is an extant photograph) reproduced. As many verbal descriptions bycontemporaries as possible are reprinted for the sake of comparison. A concluding essay on posthumous portraits of Coleridge considers how they reflect changes in the public's attitude toward their subject. Both a contribution to the biography of Coleridge and an essay in the history of literary and artistic taste, this book is for readers interested in English poetry, in Romantic portraiture, and in the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

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What do the portraits of a great poet tell us about his life, his image of himself, and the ideas of him held by his friends and his public? Portraits of Coleridge attempts to answer this question with respect to the author of `The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and `Kubla Khan'. It alsoprovides a critical and scholarly study of the port...

Morton D. Paley is a Professor in the Graduate School at University of California at Berkeley.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184697

ISBN - 13:9780198184690

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List of IllustrationsAbbreviationsA Coleridge ChronologyIntroduction: The Image of the Romantic PoetThe Life Portraits of ColeridgeAfter-Images: Posthumous Portraits of ColeridgeCatalogueSupplementary Notes: missing or Non-Existent PortraitsBibliographyIndex

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`Morton Paley's original and absorbing study sets out to prove that the twenty-four portraits of Coleridge painted during his lifetime constitute more than a visible biography of the poet ... quirky and fascinating study.'Robert Douglas-Fairhurst