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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But we became increasingly convinced that the only method 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.
Very quickly psychological problems were complicated by his addiction to
laudanum and the withdrawal symptoms that immediately confronted him
whenever he tried to free himself from it. Difficulties in his marriage, long stirring
beneath the ...
THE IMMEDIATE BACKGROUND (1815): ORIGINAL INTENTION OF THE WORK
By March 1815 Coleridge was making an enormous effort to redeem himself.
From this date until his death in 1834, however much he condemned himself, ...
... to contribute when the Lyrical Ballads was first planned (that in which "the
incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural"). Immediately on
completing the Preface, Wordsworth had second thoughts about iCLnS11.
The first news of the immediate project so absorbing him is the letter (29 July) to
Brabant: The necessity of extending, what I first intended as a preface, to an
Autobiographia literaria, or Sketches of my literary Life & opinions, as far as