A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle

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St. Martin's Press, 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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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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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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