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Breaking Away: Coleridge in Scotland

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When Samuel Taylor Coleridge set out on a tour of Scotland with his friends William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the summer of 1803, his wits were as sharp as ever but his health, professional career, marriage, and friendship with William and his sister Dorothy were in a deteriorating state. On the fifteenth day of their travels, the Wordsworths and Coleridge parted ways, ostensibly so that Coleridge could return home. Instead he pursued his own Scottish tour, finding pleasure in his solitude, speed ('263 miles in ...
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Overview

When Samuel Taylor Coleridge set out on a tour of Scotland with his friends William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the summer of 1803, his wits were as sharp as ever but his health, professional career, marriage, and friendship with William and his sister Dorothy were in a deteriorating state. On the fifteenth day of their travels, the Wordsworths and Coleridge parted ways, ostensibly so that Coleridge could return home. Instead he pursued his own Scottish tour, finding pleasure in his solitude, speed ('263 miles in eight days'), and endurance. This book draws on Coleridge's letters and notebooks to look at his travels with the Wordsworths from his own point of view and to record and photograph the journey he experienced after he parted from them. Carol Kyros Walker, editor of Dorothy Wordsworth's own Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, now retraces Coleridge's very different Scottish tour and recounts his adventures there. In a remarkable photographic and literary essay, she argues that Coleridge's speed, energy, reflections, notes, and letters all betray a man of great talent who was breaking away -- from the Wordsworths, from his wife, from his life in the Lake District, and from a dry phase of his writing career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300096415
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1
Epilogue 23
Schedule and Itinerary 25
Maps 29
Photographic Retracing of the Tour 33
The Travel Literature 129
Scottish Notes 131
Great Hall, Keswick to Gretna Green, Scotland 131
To Dumfries, following the River Nith to Mennock, across the Lowther Hills through Mining Country to Crawfordjohn, following the River Clyde to Lanark 135
Lanark, Falls of the Clyde, and onward toward Glasgow 140
Glasgow to Loch Lomond 144
From Arrochar onto Separate Ways 152
Crossing at Ballachulish, following the Line of the Forts North 160
Routing South from Inverness through the Grampian Highlands to Perth and Edinburgh 172
Letters of the Scottish Tour 179
Letter 1 To His Wife 181
Letter 2 To His Wife 182
Letter 3 To Robert Southey 184
Letter 4 To His Wife 186
Letter 5 To A. Welles 190
Letter 6 To Robert Southey 192
Letter 7 To Thomas Wedgwood 196
Select Bibliography 197
Index 200
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