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 the first part of the Introduction, written by W. J. Bate, we have discussed the
peculiar circumstances in which the book was written (or largely dictated), and
the problem of chronology and order of composition. The questions of
Professor Daniel Fogel sent us in advance of publication his study of the
chronology of Coleridge's writing of the book; and Mrs Lorna Arnold and
Professor Douglas Bush gave us invaluable aid in facing problems with
Coleridge's Greek in the ...
... visit of the Lambs (Sept-Nov) Writing for M Post (4 Oct) Dejection ode in M Post
(11 Oct-31 Dec) Articles in M Post on the impostor Hatfield and Mary of
Buttermere (14 Oct) France. An Ode in M Post, revision of Recantation (Nov)
Nor can we forget in reading the Biographia that it was written by a poet, one of
the greatest poets of the last three centuries. Yet no work of even remotely
comparable importance is admittedly so uneven, or — to use a word I. A.
Then followed his trip to Malta (9 April 1804), where he served as secretary to
Alexander Ball, his return (17 August 1806), his separation from his wife, the
Royal Institution lectures of 1808, the writing of the brilliant, if difficult, periodical