The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

The tale that unfolds in her brief, electric entries reveals an intense bond between siblings, culminating in Dorothy's collapse on William's wedding day - after which the woman who once strode the hills in all weathers retreated inside the ...

Author: Frances Wilson

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571316168

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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The prize-winning biography of Wordsworth's beloved sister, champion, muse who was at the heart of the Romantic movement in Britain - reissued to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Dorothy's birth. 'Genius ... Its own kind of heaven.' New York Times 'A most beautiful, deep, and humble study of incredibly complex people.' Oliver Sacks Dorothy Wordsworth is an enigma. William's beloved sister was his muse, champion, and most valued reader. She is mythologised as a self-effacing spinster and saintly amanuensis, yet Thomas De Quincey described her as 'all fire and ardour'. Dorothy sacrificed a traditional life to share in her brother's world of words. In her Grasmere Journals, she vividly recorded their intimate life together in the Lake District, marked by a startling freedom from social convention. The tale that unfolds in her brief, electric entries reveals an intense bond between siblings, culminating in Dorothy's collapse on William's wedding day - after which the woman who once strode the hills in all weathers retreated inside the house for the last three decades of her life. In her magisterial biography, Frances Wilson uses the compressed emotion of Dorothy's journals to evoke the rich interior world of a woman determined to live on her own terms - one who deserves her own place in the history of the Romantic movement. 'Intelligent and intriguing ... A portrait of a peculiar, passionate, yet meticulous woman which is hauntingly strange.' Sunday Telegraph 'Passion is the keynote of Wilson's fine biography ... Brims with the personality of [an] extraordinary woman ... Thrilling.' Sunday Times 'This beautiful, wise biography draws Dorothy from her hiding places. She emerges as a passionate figure.'Daily Telegraph 'Gripping ... Bold, witty, scholarly and speculative.' Margaret Drabble
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

William and Dorothy Wordsworth

William and Dorothy Wordsworth

William and Dorothy Wordsworth is the first literary biography of the Wordsworths' creative collaboration.

Author: Lucy Newlyn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199696390

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 386

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William and Dorothy Wordsworth is the first literary biography of the Wordsworths' creative collaboration. Using poems, letters, journals, memoirs, and biographies, it plots the intertwined lives of the Wordsworth siblings and their writing.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Dorothy Wordsworth s Ecology

Dorothy Wordsworth s Ecology

By Dorothy Wordsworth. New Haven: Yale, 1997. 1–26. Wolfson, Susan J. “Individual in Community: Dorothy Wordsworth in Conversation with William.” Romanticism and Feminism. Ed. Anne K. Mellor. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1988. 139–66.

Author: Kenneth Cervelli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135861094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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Dorothy Wordsworth has a unique place in literary studies. Notoriously self-effacing, she assiduously eschewed publication, yet in her lifetime, her journals inspired William to write some of his best-known poems. Memorably depicting daily life in a particular environment (most famously, Grasmere), these journals have proven especially useful for readers wanting a more intimate glimpse of arguably the most important poet of the Romantic period. With the rise of women’s studies in the 1980s, however, came a shift in critical perspective. Scholars such as Margaret Homans and Susan Levin revaluated Dorothy’s work on its own terms, as well as in relation to other female writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Part of a larger shift in the academy, feminist-oriented analyses of Dorothy’s writings take their place alongside other critical approaches emerging in the 1980s and into the next decade. One such approach, ecocriticism, closely parallels Dorothy’s changing critical fortunes in the mid-to-late 1980s. Curiously, however, the major ecocritical investigations of the Romantic period all but ignore Dorothy’s work while at the same time emphasizing the relationship between ecocriticism and feminism. The present study situates Dorothy in an ongoing ecocritical dialogue through an analysis of her prose and poetry in relation to the environments that inspired it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH was the only daughter and third child of John and Anne Wordsworth. She was born on Christmas Day, 1771, at Cockermouth, in Cumberland, being a year and nine months younger than her famous brother, the poet.

Author: Edmund Lee

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 9783730981856

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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This little book owes its origin to the fact that, with the exception of Professor Shairp's Sketch contained in the preface to the "Tour in Scotland," no biography or memoir of the subject of it has hitherto been written. Seeing what an important part Miss Wordsworth occupied in influencing the revival of English poetry at the close of the last century, this has frequently been to me a matter of surprise. To the best of my knowledge, she does not even occupy any place in the numerous sketches of famous women which have from time to time appeared. At the same time the references to her in the biographies of her brother and in the reviews of his works are many.
Categories: Fiction

Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge

Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge

(1874), 'Dorothy Wordsworth's Scotch Journal', from The Spectator (5 September), in LLA, 122.1578, pp. 630–3. Blunden, Edmund Charles (1929), 'Coleridge the Less', review of Earl Leslie Griggs, Hartley Coleridge: His Life and Work, ...

Author: N. Healey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230391796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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This book provides a reassessment of the writings of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth and presents them in a new poetics of relationship, re-evaluating their relationships with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to restore a more accurate understanding of Hartley and Dorothy as independent and original writers.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism rev ed

Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism  rev  ed

I Had a Sister: A Study of Mary Lamb, Dorothy Wordsworth, Caroline Herschel, and Cassandra Austen. London: L. Dickson, 1937. _____. William and Dorothy. New York: Macmillan, 1938. Bateson, F.W. Wordsworth: A Reinterpretation.

Author: Susan M. Levin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786441648

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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"This was the first book-length scholarly study of the author and was also the first to include both Wordsworth's published works as well as unpublished works. This new edition adds critical readings based on the latest research into Wordsworth's life and work and will further the argument for Wordsworth's place among the important writers of Romanticism"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Lacework or Mirror Diary Poetics of Frances Burney Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley

Lacework or Mirror  Diary Poetics of Frances Burney  Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley

Now for a final handful of influential critical comments from Pamela Woof, an enthusiastic Dorothy-Wordsworthian scholar. Woof, in her Companion to Romanticism article on the Wordsworth journals, sings the praise of Wordsworth's poetic ...

Author: Magdalena Ożarska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443855730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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Lacework or Mirror? Diary Poetics of Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley sets out to determine whether each of the diaries by three female writers – namely, Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley – approximates the Philippe-Lejeunean concept of the diary as lacework or the more sweeping view, typical of the broadly conceived autobiography, which Georges Gusdorf famously likened to the mirror. The author explores Burney’s, Wordsworth’s and Shelley’s attempts at concealing the gaps between their narrating and narrated ‘I’s, as well as examining their diary lacunae, especially helpful for illustrating the gradual emergence of the diarists’ individual selves. Broader issues, connected with diary poetics, such as the use of metaphors and symbols, the degree of reliance on dialogue and ensuing narrativity, down to handling the past by means of anachronous eccentricities, are also subject to examination. The study is based on the assumption that the journal is a literary genre, which can be investigated with tools routinely used for the examination of literary texts. Yet, beyond the issues of literariness, in accordance with Philippe Lejeune’s dictum, the three journals reveal the writers’ diaristic practices. In fact, it seems that issues of the journal genre and the journal practice cannot be divorced, and neither can their lacework and mirror aspects.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gale Researcher Guide for Dorothy Wordsworth s Literary Journals

Gale Researcher Guide for  Dorothy Wordsworth s Literary Journals

Wordsworth reminds readers that perhaps the tidy narratives they apply to daily life do not fit the complex and interdependent ecosystems in which they live. ... Cervelli, Kenneth R. Dorothy Wordsworth's Ecology.

Author: Denys Van Renen

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535853194

Category: Study Aids

Page: 7

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Gale Researcher Guide for: Dorothy Wordsworth's Literary Journals is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.
Categories: Study Aids

Dorothy Wordsworth s Christmas Birthday

Dorothy Wordsworth s Christmas Birthday

... Another Night Before Chr istmas The Bees The Christmas Tr uce Wenceslas M ean Tim e Bethlehem Ritual Lighting as editor Hand in Hand Answering Back To the Moon Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday Carol Ann Duffy Illustrated by Tom.

Author: Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447271512

Category: Poetry

Page:

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It is Christmas Eve, 1799, and Dorothy Wordsworth is awake in the dead of night. She stands outside in the winter cold, waiting patiently. When the new day breaks it will bring family and friends to Dorothy's door. For tomorrow is a double joy: tomorrow is her Christmas Birthday. Carol Ann Duffy's wonderful poem Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday takes us to the frozen landscape of the Lake District, where a merry celebration is about to begin in the Wordsworths' cottage. Gorgeously illustrated by Tom Duxbury, this festive poem evokes the snowy Lake District as Dorothy celebrates her birthday with her brother William Wordsworth and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Categories: Poetry

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth Volume VIII A Supplement of New Letters

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth  Volume VIII  A Supplement of New Letters

William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Alan G. Hill Ernest De Selincourt. The same report had come to Miss Dowling from West Cumb . With the addition that John having taken her away from Rome with her children , she had died of fatigue ...

Author: William Wordsworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198185235

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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None of the letters in this volume has appeared in the original edition of the Letters, and most have never previously been published at all. They throw striking and unexpected new light on Wordsworth's imaginative and emotional life, his career as a poet, his activities and friendships, and his relationships within his own circle.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals

This edition includes full explanatory notes on the people and places Dorothy writes about.

Author: Dorothy Wordsworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199536870

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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These two journals provide a unique picture of daily life with Wordsworth, his friendship with Coleridge, and the composition of his poems. They also offer wonderfully vivid descriptions of the landscape and people of Grasmere and Alfoxden in Somerset, which inspired Wordsworth and have enchanted generations of readers. This edition includes full explanatory notes on the people and places Dorothy writes about.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth

Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth

Her vision and influence can be seen clearly in many of her brother's poems and these are printed in an appendix to the book.

Author: Dorothy Wordsworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UCSC:32106001961504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

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The journals Dorothy kept at Alfoxden in 1798 and, later, in Grasmere "to please William" are more than a valuable record of their day to day life; an intense and minute observation of nature together with a genuine poetic imagination in prose poetry, a delight in its own right. Her vision and influence can be seen clearly in many of her brother's poems and these are printed in an appendix to the book.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge

Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge

This book provides a reassessment of the writings of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth and presents them in a new poetics of relationship, re-evaluating their relationships with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to ...

Author: Nicola Healey

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230277724

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 563

This book provides a reassessment of the writings of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth and presents them in a new poetics of relationship, re-evaluating their relationships with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to restore a more accurate understanding of Hartley and Dorothy as independent and original writers.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth

Traces the life of William Wordsworth's sister, describes her influence on Wordsworth and Coleridge, and discusses her letters and journals. This biography is the first to treat Dorothy Wordsworth more fully, as a person in her own right.

Author: Robert Gittings

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105002585540

Category: Authors, English

Page: 318

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Traces the life of William Wordsworth's sister, describes her influence on Wordsworth and Coleridge, and discusses her letters and journals.
Categories: Authors, English

Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth

This fascinating biography probes the life and work of Dorothy Wordsworth, as well as the intense relationship that the two siblings shared.

Author: Edmund Lee

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781775562641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 171

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William Wordsworth is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the Western literary canon -- but his sister, Dorothy, was a skilled poet and diarist in her own right, as well, though she never sought the public acclaim that enveloped her brother's career. This fascinating biography probes the life and work of Dorothy Wordsworth, as well as the intense relationship that the two siblings shared.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth Susan M. Levin. helped create , part of a movement to allow women some education , drew on the work of educator Sarah Trimmer , from whose Eeconomy of Charity I provide a short excerpt . Dorothy's writing gives an ...

Author: Dorothy Wordsworth

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: UOM:39015073935358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, Dorothy Wordsworth, edited by internationally acclaimed expert Susan Levin, is the first to present Wordsworth's writing in a single volume representing all genres to attract her pen. She emerges as a journalist, poet, traveler, social activist, and crucial presence in the Wordsworth household.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760 1850

Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era  1760   1850

The Collected Poems of Dorothy Wordsworth. In Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism. Edited by Susan M. Levin. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1987. Letters. Selected and edited by Alan G. Hill.

Author: Christopher John Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135455798

Category: History

Page: 1336

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In 850 analytical articles, this two-volume set explores the developments that influenced the profound changes in thought and sensibility during the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Encyclopedia provides readers with a clear, detailed, and accurate reference source on the literature, thought, music, and art of the period, demonstrating the rich interplay of international influences and cross-currents at work; and to explore the many issues raised by the very concepts of Romantic and Romanticism.
Categories: History

Wordsworth s Fun

Wordsworth s Fun

Wordsworth, William, and Dorothy Wordsworth. The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Vol. 1, The Early Years, 1787–1805. Edited by Ernest de Selincourt. 2nd ed. edited by Chester L. Shaver. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967. The Excursion.

Author: Matthew Bevis

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226652221

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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“The next day Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at Coleridge’s cottage,” William Hazlitt recalled, “He answered in some degree to his friend’s description of him, but was more quaint and Don Quixote- like . . . there was a convulsive inclination to laughter about the mouth.” Hazlitt presents a Wordsworth who differs from the one we know—and, as Matthew Bevis argues in his radical new reading of the poet, this Wordsworth owed his quixotic creativity to a profound feeling for comedy. Wordsworth’s Fun explores the writer’s debts to the ludic and the ludicrous in classical tradition; his reworkings of Ariosto, Erasmus, and Cervantes; his engagement with forms of English poetic humor; and his love of comic prose. Combining close reading with cultural analysis, Bevis travels many untrodden ways, studying Wordsworth’s interest in laughing gas, pantomime, the figure of the fool, and the value of play. Intrepid, immersive, and entertaining, Wordsworth’s Fun sheds fresh light on how one poet’s strange humor helped to shape modern literary experiment.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth

Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth

I should detest, wrote Dorothy Wordsworth, the idea of setting myself up as an author.

Author: Dorothy Wordsworth

Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; Toronto : Oxford University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105039257303

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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I should detest, wrote Dorothy Wordsworth, the idea of setting myself up as an author. Protesting to Lady Beaumont she explained I have not the powers which Coleridge thinks I have--I know it. Despite her self-deprecatory words, however, the reader of Dorothy Wordsworth's letters will discover a skill with language and a power of description that rivals even the poetry of her more famous brother. In this selection, Alan G. Hill offers seventy complete letters that together provide a fascinating portrait of the writer and her surroundings. Spontaneous, intimate, and lively, they constitute a life of Dorothy Wordsworth in her own words, following her from youth to the onset of her last tragic illness. In between, we meet a remarkable group of people, for no other observer was so close to Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their circle, shared so completely their feelings and aims, and had such an eye for the landscape that inspired them. To have brought them so vividly before our eyes is surely one of Dorothy Wordsworth's greatest and most enduring achievements.
Categories: Social Science