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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... by specimens from Chaucer, Herbert, &c 89 Chapter 20. The former subject
continued 98 Chapter 21. Remarks on the present mode of conducting critical
journals 107 Chapter 22. The characteristic defects of Wordsworth's poetry, with
There is some justice to Leslie Stephen's remark that the book seems to have
been "put together with a pitchfork".1 As a result the Biographia has been
periodically attacked from the time it appeared, and almost always for the same
This Slang has gone on for 14 or Cf his remark to RS (9 Feb 1813), 15 years,
against us — & really de- speaking about reviews of his play serves to be
exposed". CL m 433. Cf Remorse, attacking him for "senti- CN \ 1673 and n. as
sponsor for ...
Of special interest is the remark that, by the time Morgan had sent this section (10
August), the whole of the book had been written excepting only the philosophical
Part which I at that time meant to comprize in a few Pages. — This has now ...
Writing this statement after the book was substantially completed, he decided to
place the remark at the beginning; perhaps he was hinting gently how the
Biographia should be approached and read. Time and again he returns to