The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography

The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography

by Rosemary Ashton
     
 

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Rosemary Ashton explores the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, by turns poet, critic, thinker, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist and guilt-ridden opium addict.

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Rosemary Ashton explores the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's complex personality, by turns poet, critic, thinker, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist and guilt-ridden opium addict.

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"A fine addition to the biographical attempt to catch the complex and elusive figure of Coleridge. The volume is notable for its aliveness, its signal success in giving us a living breathing human being." Professor Thomas McFarland, Princeton University

"This book provides the student or general reader with an excellent critical introduction to Coleridge's life and work. Ashton has a gift for elucidating difficult concepts in clear and straightforward language. I can think of no better single volume Coleridge biography." Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow

"This is a stimulating study of a man of many obvious talents." Alan Bold, The Herald

"Ashton writes lucidly, and the book will be accessible to the layman and student as well as useful to the card-carrying Coleridge scholar; it is good, at last, to have a biography one can recommend so highly." Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement

"Rosemary Ashton sets store by telling the sheer story. As vitally documented narrative, altogether free from melodrama. The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a deft feat." Christopher Dicks, London Quarterly

"Here is a new biography of Coleridge that is likely to become the standard life of the poet. Rosmary Ashton's The Life of Sammuel Taylor Coleridge: A critical Biography offers a comprehensive and judicious survey of the poet's life and writings. John Strachen University of Sunderland

" Professor Ashton identifies the tangle of abilities and pursuits that ranged from poetry to criticism philosophy to politics, opium-induced imagination to sparkling conversation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631207542
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/13/1998
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Critical Biographies Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Ashton is Professor of English at University College, London. Her books include The German Idea (1980), George Eliot (1983), Little Germany (1986) and G.H. Lewes: A life (1991).

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