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William Wordsworth
Hebron, Stephen.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2000]

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120 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
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PR5881 .H43 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 "TinternAbbey" (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, DoveCottage, is a much-visited tourist site in Britain's Lake District. About the series: 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, andother 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 expertbiographers, each of these books also contains an index, further reading list, and a chronology of the writer's life.

Author Notes

Stephen Hebron is publications and exhibitions manager at the Wordsworth Trust in Cumbria, England. He is the co-author of several books and exhibition catalogues

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. This highly readable entry in the excellent British Writers' Lives series offers a concise but detailed account of the legendary poet's life--from his childhood and the tragic death of his mother, through schooling and formative trips to Europe, to setting up households with his sister and, later, a wife, children, and friends. Literature students will appreciate the in-depth portraits of other literary giants of the day, particularly Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and written excerpts from the two poets' creative collaborations are included. The text is further bolstered by excerpts from Dorothy Wordsworth's letters and diaries and by quotes from Wordsworth's poetry, which reinforce the autobiographical nature of his work and offer students deeper insight into the poetry. Portraits, landscapes, and reproduced manuscript pages illustrate; a chronology and suggested further readings are appended. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

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