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 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, ...
Wordsworth had done this by having that original Preface printed at the end, as a
sort of curiosity. Worst of all, in the new Preface he devoted a good deal of
discussion to the distinction between "fancy" and "imagination", which Coleridge
For Coleridge later (17 September) sent tentative chapter headings for this
section when he wrote to tell Gutch that he had completed the work and to
explain what had happened to the original plan of a combination "of Poems and
(it being too late to recur to the original plan) I have no way to remedy it, but by
writing a hundred and fifty pages additional — on what, I am left to discover —
And the perplexity of planning, and the labor of executing this, are the true and
... too, implied that the one (the original creator) ' SM (CO 29. 2 CN M 4397 f 53";
ch 24, below; CN m 4397 f 47V. and the many (its creations) existed in close
relation as. Editors'. Introduction. ixxv.