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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In such instances, we have cited both Coleridge's edition and the standard
modern edition, provided its text in the relevant passage is the same as that used
or probably used by Coleridge. Coleridge manuscripts, where quoted, are printed
Then, in late April (probably 27 April), the now famous 1815 edition of
Wordsworth's Poems was published, with a new Preface. Coleridge, as we have
noted, had been thinking of Wordsworth all along. The rupture in their relations in
1810 had ...
Hood had probably not seen the new edition of Wordsworth. In any case it was
not clear to him what Coleridge was requesting. For Morgan on 14 August wrote
back with a painstaking detail that reflects Coleridge's near obsession with ...
Begun probably in late May or early June 1815, it was finished — as far as
Coleridge was concerned — by 19 September.1 In other words, the actual writing
was done in about three and a half months. Secondly, the book was largely if not
Then, after a few pages on the history of the association psychology — possibly
dictated with a thought of inserting it later, at some crucial point — he probably
went on with what are now Chapters 14 to 16, moving into the famous critique of