William Wordsworth

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Poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was the leader of the Romantic movement in British literature. He was strongly influenced by the ideology of the French Revolution and by the landscape of Britain's Lake Country, where he lived for most of his life. Among his most famous poems are "Tintern Abbey" (published in Lyrical Ballads, which he wrote with his friend and colleague Samuel Taylor Coleridge), "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," "The Solitary Reaper," "Daffodils," and numerous sonnets. Wordsworth's poetry is...
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Poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was the leader of the Romantic movement in British literature. He was strongly influenced by the ideology of the French Revolution and by the landscape of Britain's Lake Country, where he lived for most of his life. Among his most famous poems are "Tintern Abbey" (published in Lyrical Ballads, which he wrote with his friend and colleague Samuel Taylor Coleridge), "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," "The Solitary Reaper," "Daffodils," and numerous sonnets. Wordsworth's poetry is a staple of the U.S. high school English curriculum, and his home, Dove Cottage, is a much-visited tourist site in Britain's Lake District.

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The British Library is in a unique position when it comes to biographical research, especially concerning British authors. This revered institution boasts the world's largest collection of original manuscripts, as well as an outstanding collection of letters, personal diaries, first editions, and other literary treasures. The titles in this series take full advantage of this vast source of documentary evidence by illustrating each of these lively writers' biographies with state-of-the-art facsimiles of pertinent documents and reproductions of art from the period. Penned by expert biographers, each of these books also contains an index, further reading list, and a chronology of the writer's life.

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"Hebron, a manager of England's Wordsworth Trust, presents a ... compelling outline of his subject's long and often complicated poetic career. He covers the significant issues in Wordsworth's life and works with care and clarity, and provides a lucid explanation of the poet's profound influence both on his contemporaries and on later writers."--School Library Journal

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Gr 9 Up-These volumes fill a real need for high-quality works of literary criticism and history. Without oversimplifying or writing down to their audience, the authors supply accurate information in concise presentations that are formatted attractively and supplemented by outstanding illustrative materials. A careful choice of authors assures readable content and clearly stated theses. For example, Barnard, a well-known mystery author, literary critic, and past chair of the Bront' Society, engagingly describes his subject's short life and enigmatic character, and, based on the latest research, raises fascinating questions about her writings, especially Wuthering Heights. Hebron, a manager of England's Wordsworth Trust, presents an equally compelling outline of his subject's long and often complicated poetic career. He covers the significant issues in Wordsworth's life and works with care and clarity, and provides a lucid explanation of the poet's profound influence both on his contemporaries and on later writers. The many attractive color and black-and-white illustrations include reproductions of original manuscripts from the British Library's rich collections. There are many other books of similar scope, but few put together the information so succinctly and attractively. Overall, excellent reference sources for research.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195215601
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: British Library Writers' Lives Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Cockermouth & Hawkshead: 1770-87 7
Cambridge: 1787-91 16
France: 1791-92 24
London: 1792-95 28
Racedown: 1795-97 34
Alfoxden: 1797-98 39
Germany & The North East: 1798-99 49
Dove Cottage: 1799-1801 55
Dove Cottage: 1801-5 62
Dove Cottage: 1805-8 74
Grasmere: 1808-13 81
Rydal Mount: 1813-15 88
Rydal Mount: 1816-20 94
Rydal Mount 1821-32 101
Rydal Mount 1833-50 107
Chronology 114
Further Reading 117
Index 118
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