Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Volume 7
James Engell and W. Jackson Bate offer the first completely annotated edition of this highly allusive work, now available in a one-volume paperback. Dictating the book to a friend who was trying to help him overcome his opium addiction, Coleridge combined in it his belief in philosophy as the foundation of criticism and the empirical sense of style he shared with the other English poet-critics. The first section of the editors' introduction discusses the problem of the book's chronology and order of composition and the circumstances in which it was written. The second section discusses the intellectual content of the "Biographia."
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Review: Biographia Literaria: Biographical Sketches of my Literary Life & OpinionsUser Review - Zahra Taher - Goodreads
Two stars until I read it a second time apart from College reading College readings can distort the best of books... Read full review
Review: Biographia Literaria: Biographical Sketches of my Literary Life & OpinionsUser Review - Joanna - Goodreads
A mind-numbingly dull and utterly pretentious attack on the poetic principles espoused by my new hero, William Wordsworth. For someone who claims imagination is the poet's highest faculty, he uses very little imagination in his own writing. I'm definitely not a fan. Read full review