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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Punctuation, capitalisation, and italics, in both the text and quotations within the
text, have been reproduced without change unless, as happens in a very few
cases, the punctuation interferes with the obvious sense of the sentence. In such
... at one of his notebooks in order to capitalise on material assembled over the
years (observations, quotations from other writers, outlines of earlier or projected
lectures and essays), or occasionally incorporating sentences from The Friend.
Moreover, Coleridge's use of German books and his own marginalia in them was
often so fluid and intertwined — a sentence here, then two or three sentences
elsewhere — that our experience repeatedly confirmed what McFarland calls the
It is still in this paragraph, one sentence later, that Coleridge makes the statement
that: For readers in general, let whatever shall be found in this or any future work
of mine, that resembles, or coincides with, the doctrines of my German ...
... interpreted them all together, and they were not "clear and distinct" ideas in his
mind. (3) Schelling, Jacobi, Maass, Fichte, and to some extent Kant — but
especially Schelling — repeat themselves, often closely. Two or three sentences
in two ...