The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: Volume VIII. A Supplement of New Letters

Hardcover | June 1, 1981

byWilliam and Dorothy WordsworthEditorAlan G. Hill

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This volume prints more than 150 letters, most of them previously unpublished, which appeared too late for inclusion in the second edition of The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth (1967-88): they are indispensable for understanding the poet and the inner dynamics of the Wordsworthcircle. Of outstanding interest are the unexpectedly tender and fervent letters which Wordsworth wrote to his wife Mary during brief periods of separation in 1810 and 1812: others provide fresh evidence about his contacts with Annette Vallon and his `French' daughter Caroline long after hiswithdrawal from revolutionary politics in France, and indeed up to the end of his life. Further letters illustrate the poet's literary and personal relations with Coleridge, Hazlitt, De Quincey, and Charles Lamb; his changing political and social views; his life in the Lake District and London; and,above all, his lifelong commitment to poetry and the principles that guided his imaginative life. These letters, varied in tone and subject-matter, will do much to dispel the ideal that he was invariably a reluctant or reserved correspondent. Dorothy Wordsworth, by contrast, fills out all the details of domestic life which her brother thought it unnecessary to dwell on, and her letters add their own characteristic touches to the picture of the Wordsworth circle - until the final breakdown of her health.

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This volume prints more than 150 letters, most of them previously unpublished, which appeared too late for inclusion in the second edition of The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth (1967-88): they are indispensable for understanding the poet and the inner dynamics of the Wordsworthcircle. Of outstanding interest are the unexpec...

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. Alan G. Hill is at University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:June 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198185235

ISBN - 13:9780198185239

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`Alan G. Hill's New Letters...gives us a more complete sense of Wordsworth's connections, views, and feelings...this volume is a valuable addition to Wordsworth scholarship. Like the rest of the volumes in the Oxford Wordsworth letters, the scholarship is of a very high standard, and thecritical apparatus is sensible and clear. Finally, Alan G. Hill as editor has done an exemplary job in filling in the attendant contextual details whenever necessary. Any serious Wordsworth scholar will doubtless need access to this volume, if only to try and figure out what Wordsworth may or maynot have said about Coleridge's gin-drinking habits.'English Studies