Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Part 1
Biographia Literaria has emerged over the last century as a supreme work of literary criticism and one of the classics of English literature. Into this volume poured 20 years of speculation about the criticism and uses of poetry and about the psychology of art. Following the text of the 1817 edition, the editors offer the first completely annotated edition of the highly allusive work.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge James Engell, Walter Jackson Bate ... of clarifying this
subject was to present the detail with completeness in the annotation itself, where
, on each page, immediate comparison with Coleridge's own text can be made.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge James Engell, Walter Jackson Bate ... Considering how
central these chapters are to our understanding of Coleridge's thought as a
whole, how crammed they are with allusions of every kind, and weighted by the ...
Our debt to the work of Sara Coleridge, in the 1847 edition, is particularly heavy.
For aid in tracking Coleridge's quotations and allusions, we thank Professors
Douglas Bush, Mason Hammond, John Finley, John Murdoch, David Perkins,
This is the only authoritative text as it was the only English edition published
during Coleridge's lifetime. ... firm that soon afterwards went out of business,
amply explain why no manuscript survived either in the Coleridge family or
In such instances, we have cited both Coleridge's edition and the standard
modern edition, provided its text in the relevant passage is the same as that used
or probably used by Coleridge. Coleridge manuscripts, where quoted, are printed