The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography

Paperback | January 6, 1998

byRosemary Ashton

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Rosemary Ashton explores the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, by turns poet, critic, thinker, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist and guilt-ridden opium addict.

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Author Rosemary Ashton examines the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, from poet, critic, and thinker to feckless husband and guilt-ridden opium addict. She places Coleridge's reputation within the context of both British and German Romanticism and shows how the celebrated author became a luminary of immense ...

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Rosemary Ashton explores the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, by turns poet, critic, thinker, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist and guilt-ridden opium addict.

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Rosemary Ashton’s acclaimed biography presents Samuel Taylor Coleridge – poet, critic, thinker, plagiarist, cultural omnivore, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist, guilt-ridden opium addict – in all his complexity. Ashton shows how Coleridge’s writings in verse and prose are especially directly expressive o...

Rosemary Ashton is Professor of English at University College, London. Her books include The German Idea (1980), George Eliot (1983), Little Germany (1986) and G.H. Lewes: A life (1991).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:508 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:January 6, 1998Publisher:Wiley

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ISBN - 10:0631207546

ISBN - 13:9780631207542

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I:1772-1803:.

1. Inspired Charity Boy 1772-1791.

2. Cambridge and Pantisocracy 1791-1794.

3. Bristol and Marriage 1795-1796.

4. Nether Stowey and 'Kubla Khan' 1796-1797.

5. The Ancient Mariner.

6. To Germany and Back 1798-1800.

7. Greta Hall 1800-1802.

Part II: 1803-1834:.

8. In Search of Health: To Malta and Back: 1803-1806.

9. Friendships and The Friend 1807-1810.

10. Life-in-Death: London 1810-1814.

11. Risen Again : Biographia Literaria 1814-1817.

12. Highgate 1818-1821.

13. Coleridge the Sage: Aids to Reflection 1821-1825.

14. Progress and Permanence 1826-1829.

15. Last Years: Church and the State 1830-1834.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Rosemary Ashton examines the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, from poet, critic, and thinker to feckless husband and guilt-ridden opium addict. She places Coleridge's reputation within the context of both British and German Romanticism and shows how the celebrated author became a luminary of immense importance. Photos.

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"A fine addition to the biographical attempt to catch the complex and elusive figure of Coleridge. The volume is notable for its aliveness, its signal success in giving us a living breathing human being." Professor Thomas McFarland, Princeton University "This book provides the student or general reader with an excellent critical introduction to Coleridge's life and work. Ashton has a gift for elucidating difficult concepts in clear and straightforward language. I can think of no better single volume Coleridge biography." Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow "This is a stimulating study of a man of many obvious talents." Alan Bold, The Herald"Ashton writes lucidly, and the book will be accessible to the layman and student as well as useful to the card-carrying Coleridge scholar; it is good, at last, to have a biography one can recommend so highly." Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement"Rosemary Ashton sets store by telling the sheer story. As vitally documented narrative, altogether free from melodrama. The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a deft feat." Christopher Dicks, London Quarterly"Here is a new biography of Coleridge that is likely to become the standard life of the poet. Rosmary Ashton's The Life of Sammuel Taylor Coleridge: A critical Biography offers a comprehensive and judicious survey of the poet's life and writings. John Strachen University of Sunderland" Professor Ashton identifies the tangle of abilities and pursuits that ranged from poetry to criticism philosophy to politics, opium-induced imagination to sparkling conversation."