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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Is philosophy possible as a science, and what are its conditions? — Giordano
Bruno — Literary aristocracy, or the existence of a tacit compact among the
learned as a privileged order — The author's obligations to the Mystics — to
... possible and to present the actual facts. We at first thought of presenting the
results largely in the Introduction, with comparatively brief references in the
annotation. But we became increasingly convinced that the only method of
clarifying this ...
It is usually possible to tell the difference between a printer's error and a mistake
of Coleridge, or of John Morgan, to whom the larger part of the Biographia was
dictated. But if there is doubt, any correction in the present text is mentioned in a ...
Wherever possible, the quotation is taken from the particular edition Coleridge
used, and employs the wording, spelling, and punctuation of that edition. For the
convenience of the reader, reference is also given to the standard editions of
He sounded out his friend Joseph Cottle at Bristol (7 March 1815) about a
possible advance of £30 to £40 for whatever manuscripts he could gather or write
freshly. Without waiting for the refusal he was rightly afraid he would get, he also