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 connection with the "plagiarisms" the reader should bear in mind the
chronology of the work, the circumstances, the pressures to get it done rapidly,
the self-doubts, the exhaustion. LATER PROBLEMS AND ADDITIONS;
... he was fast collapsing into the state from which he was rescued when James
Gillman of Highgate (15 April) took him in as a house patient. The story, familiar
as it is, has rapidly been summarised in order to remind the reader of the
... without being at the same time a profound philosopher", comes appropriately
just a few pages after the "philosophical chapters" are behind the reader, a
groundwork hopefully laid, and the practical criticism begun.1 Perhaps to
"Most of my readers", he says in Chapter 7, will have perceived a small water-
insect on the surface of rivulets . . . and will have noticed, how the little animal
wins its way up against the stream, by alternative pulses of active and passive
Even readers unfamiliar with his critical writing know that he made the distinction.
In countless books and articles it is mentioned, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Its
background — for there is a considerable background — has been less clear.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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