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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Our procedure is to print the German texts when Coleridge translates so closely
that any translation of our own would do nothing more than duplicate his. When
Coleridge merely paraphrases, or translates very loosely, we add a literal ...
Exceptions are made in the case of writers, particularly German philosophers, for
whom such editions, found only in a few libraries, are unavailable to most
readers, but for whom the standard modern editions may be readily available. In
During the intervening years the charge of plagiarism had risen, and a special
effort was made by Sara Coleridge to recognise Coleridge's borrowings from the
German.2 During the next fifty years after 1847, the book continued to be
... to a combination of empirical thought and German transcendentalism, was
tacitly attempting, as he phrased it, "to complete the critical system"^ that Kant
himself admitted only to have begun, we should not disregard the Platonic
Coleridge's use of the German thinkers unfolds and multiplies insights. His
curiosity and range permit us to use him for suggestions whatever our critical
approach. His admiration for the Germans was unabashed. In 1817, eighteen
years after ...