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.
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 problem of sources we have mentioned, the increase in
Samuel Taylor Coleridge James Engell, Walter Jackson Bate. personal help and
for her great edition of the Notebooks, to which, as our own notes show, we have
constantly resorted; and with thanks to Mr Bart Winer, the Associate Editor of the ...
This is the only authoritative text as it was the only English edition published
during Coleridge's lifetime. Nor has any manuscript copy ever been discovered.
The peculiar circumstances of the book's composition, the fact that the greater
part of ...
The editions referred to in the editors' footnotes are, when they are known, those
that Coleridge used. ... In such instances, we have cited both Coleridge's edition
and the standard modern edition, provided its text in the relevant passage is the ...