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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... experiments with nitrous oxide Burke Letters on a Regicide Peace Dr Thomas
Beddoes Essay on the Public Merits of Mr Pitt Pitt, as Chancellor of the
Exchequer, proposes to finance the renewed war against France by increasing
taxes (Feb) ...
... To Grasmere and WW (May-Jun) In Stowey and Bristol (24 Jul) Move to Greta
Hall, Keswick (Sept-Oct) Superintends printing of Lyrical Ballads (2nd ed) (Oct) C
and Poole defend Monopolists (Oct) Thinks of writing "an Essay on the Elements
You know there is at the end of the first volume "the supplementary essay" in
small type — 'tis not that which he means — there is likewise at the end of Vol: 2".'
1 the preface to the former edition of Lyrical Ballads, now reprinted, also in small
Col: will prefix to it & send this week an essay on the imaginative in Poetry
making the whole Volume about 350 pages quite large enough".1 The "essay"
was never written. Then, in July (1816), while the final chapter was being printed
(the first ...
As he states in a note full of praise, this is the Scot Alexander Gerard and his
Essay on Genius (1774), widely popular in Germany. From Gerard (also a source
for Kant) Tetens took the idea that genius reveals the highest form of imagination.