A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 2, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 313 pages
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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.
  

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A passionate sisterhood: the sisters, wives and daughters of the lake poets

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Using journals and letters written by all the members represented in this large and complex family portrait, Jones, a biographer and poet, clearly indicates that our notion of William and Dorothy ... Read full review

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I loved it. Talking about literary geography - my next visit to the Lake District will feel a lot more special after having read this. If you can keep up with all the names of people and places you will find this book a page-turner. Read full review

Contents

Three Milliners from Bath
3
A State of Dependence
27
Loves First Phantasies
47
The German Experiment
70
A Plaited Nest
95
Phantoms and Chimeras
122
Prejudice and Prepossession
145
The Legacy of Genius
222
From Poetry to Prose
252
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About the author (2000)

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.

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