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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... Seem to have made up my. Chronological. Table. xxxix.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge James Engell, Walter Jackson Bate. repeatedly
experience the surprise that someone so near us in time, someone as flawed as
the rest of us, should prove so clairvoyant and put so memorably the insights that
Strong private disagreement seems to have existed even before the Preface was
published, despite Coleridge's attempt early to assure himself as well as others (
e.g. in his letter to Daniel Stuart c 30 September 1800) that "The Preface ...
The last consideration — the order in which the book was written — is of special
interest in approaching the "philosophical chapters" (5-13), which, though
inserted in the early-middle of the book, were, it seems, partly written last, with the
2 The discussion seems especially out of place in a book of such magnitude of
mind. Yet even in this chapter (23) there are often perceptive, even profound
insights; for Coleridge naturally draws on reflections about poetry and the drama