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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However widely the Biographia has been acknowledged as a classic and
however well known it is in parts, it still remains a difficult work, highly allusive in
places and even fragmentary, especially in the so-called "philosophical chapters"
... prematurely 1823 (Sept) Youth and Age begun (Dec) Gillmans and C move to
3, The Grove 1824 (Mar) Elected FRSL, annuity of £ 100 (Jun) Carlyle and
Gabriele Rossetti called at Highgate DC B.A. Cambridge 1825 (May) Aids to
... called "philosophical chapters" (5-9, 12-13). 1 "Coleridge" Hours in a Library (
1892) in 355. GENERAL BACKGROUND By July 1800, when Coleridge, still only
twenty-seven,. Editors. Introduction. xliii.
... with references to "what is called Mr. Wordsworth's theory and his Preface": I
never cared a straw about the theory — & the Preface was written at the request
of Coleridge out of sheer good nature — I recollect the very spot, a deserted
Coleridge admired this immensely: admired ambivalently what he called "
rectilinear" virtue as he had encountered it in Southey and Wordsworth; and this
ability of Wordsworth to forge ahead was a reflection of that quality. Inevitably, at