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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The essential problem, for these chapters, has been to condense the
presentation of the materials without becoming cryptic. In contrast to the
annotation, an Introduction to the Biographia presents an almost directly opposite
, as well as a ...
... George becomes "ill" (Mar) Code Napoleon (Apr) Collapse of Addington's
administration; 2nd Pitt ministry (-1806) (18 May) Napoleon made emperor (12
Dec) Spain declares war on Britain other papers, some versions intended for
... RS becomes poet laureate (Autumn) Wellington successful in Peninsula;
Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Rhineland, Spain, Trieste, Dalmatia freed of French
rule 1814 (Jan) Illness (Apr) Lectures at Bristol on Milton, Cervantes, XXXV1 ...
Yet there are also parts of the work in which he will fall into a defensive attitude;
and since defensiveness was never Coleridge's forte, he becomes indirect and
often vulnerable. Moreover, at crucial moments, given his distressing situation at
... small type — tis not that either, but tis the preface entitled preface prefixed to
the poems in the 1s.i Vol: Excuse my p circumstantiallity about this. . . .1
Coleridge's "Preface" had become far more than a preface and was fast turning
into a book.