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 principles from which the judgement, that they are defects, is deduced —
Their proportion to the beauties — For the greatest part characteristic of his
theory only 119 Satyrane's Letters Letter I 160 Letter n 174 Letter III 191 Chapter
1 In response to this "very judicious letter" Coleridge decided to print only two
short paragraphs "stating the main result of the Chapter". With Morgan hastening
to bundle off the manuscript to Gutch, this "letter addressed to myself as from a ...
For about half of the space to be filled he reached back to the series of "
Satyrane's Letters" that had appeared in three issues of The Friend: 23
November (No 14), 7 December (No 16), and 21 December 1809 (No 18). These
had been in turn ...
For a short while, before deciding to use these letters, Coleridge had toyed with
the idea of shoving Zapolya into the breach. This would have added to his
already "immethodical miscellany" (as he himself called it in Chapter 4). But
nature of Ueber die Lehre, its long letters, extracts, dialogues, and numerous
quotations, many in notes and many printed in both the original and a German
translation, make it an ideal source-book, one totally different in composition and