The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: Volume VII. The Later Years, Part IV, 1840-1853 by William and Dorothy WordsworthThe Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: Volume VII. The Later Years, Part IV, 1840-1853 by William and Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: Volume VII. The Later Years, Part IV, 1840-1853

byWilliam and Dorothy WordsworthEditorAlan G. Hill, Ernest de Selincourt

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This new edition of The Later Years contains over six hundred letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth that have never been published before, and many more that have appeared only in fragmentary or incorrect form. It follows Wordsworth through the troubled years of early Victorian England,provides indispensable material for understanding the later phases of his career, while also offering innumerable insights into the great poems of his prime. Many hitherto unpublished letters reveal his pervasive influence as the poet of Man, Nature, and Society, who was acclaimed in his later yearsas the first of the great Victorian sages. Others illustrate his life in the Lake District and London, his last literary projects (including the publication of Guilt and Sorrow and The Borderers), and his contacts with a new generation of writers, artists, churchmen, and men of affairs, from bothBritain and America. Above all, his correspondence bears witness to his lifelong commitment to poetry. For Dorothy Wordsworth, however, these were years of physical decline and near-silence, and the poet's letters provide a moving record of his struggles to come to terms with the problems andcares that afflicted his immediate family circle.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads. Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855) was an English poet and diarist and the sister of William.
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Title:The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: Volume VII. The Later Years, Part IV, 1840-1853Format:HardcoverDimensions:980 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 2.24 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198126069

ISBN - 13:9780198126065

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'The art of the commentator on letters is to draw the reader more and more closely towards the intimacy of writers and their correspondents which the mere act of writing a familiar letter implies. In this Mr Hill has shown increasing mastery over the years, and this volume is a fine climax tohis labours.'W.J.B. Owen, McMaster University, Review of English Studies