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A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circleby Kathleen Jones
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In this group biography of the women who featured in the lives of the poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, Kathleen Jones takes us into the kitchens, sickrooms, and eventually the madwoman's attics of these major Romantic households. The image of the familiar rustic idyll of Romantic poetry depends upon the bracing way these women bore the brunt of domestic realities. Their letters and journals form the basis for an illuminating new account of their interconnected lives--their passionate attachments, jealousies, the deaths of children, the realities of chronic ill health--at the same time contributing to our understanding of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey as all-too-fallible human beings.
Book News Annotation:
An absorbing biography of the women in the lives of poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, based on their letters, journals, and other writings. Describes their interconnected lives, personal tragedies and accomplishments, and the realities of primitive physical and mental health treatments, providing fascinating insight as well into the lives of the poets themselves.
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A group biography of the women who featured in the lives of the poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey.
In this group biography of the women in the lives of the poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, Jones takes readers into the kitchens, sickrooms, and eventually the madwoman's attics of these major Romantic households. 23 illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 304-306) and index.
About the Author
Kathleen Jones is the author of Glorious Fame: The Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, and Learning Not to be First: The Life of Christina Rossetti.
Table of Contents
Preface: On the Other Side of the Glass * Part One: Brothers and Sisters * Three Milliners from Bath * A State of Dependence * Love's First Phantasies * The German Experiment * Part Two: The Lakers * A Plaited Nest * Phantoms and Chimeras * Prejudice and Prepossession * Part Three: The Triad * Lost Children * Dobrizhoffered * The Legacy of Genius * From Poetry to Prose
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